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Beaujolais gets its name from the historic capital of Beaujeu, called "Bellojovium" in 955.
A Ville Franche (now Villefranche-sur-Saône) was founded on the banks of the River Saône by Humbert III. Trade, especially wine trade, was already very important during this period.
The vineyards flourished and supplied the Lyonnaise market thanks to the transportation of barrels on the River Saône.
Wine was transported along the Saône to the Loire Valley, and then was carried by barge on the River Loire until it reached Paris. Later on, the railways would take up the baton.
The Beaujolais vineyards, with its 12 protected wines, are famous worldwide.
In spring, the vines wake up and the sap starts to circulate in the plant again. The buds start to develop, and then open up to reveal the first tender-green leaves.In May and June, the winegrower selects the buds that will develop into the shoots and fruits of that year, and also carries out "de-budding", which involves removing undesirable buds from the shoots. Tucking in takes place in June, which entails going along each vine and removing the stems pointing upwards, so that the vine remains aerated and well-maintained.
During the early Classical era, people used wineskins made of sheepskin. Then, during the Classical era, wine was preserved in amphorae (ceramic vessels). In the 5th century BC, Herodotus used palm wood barrels on maritime wine trade routes. In the 2nd century, the Roman empire used barrels to preserve and transport wine, making their use more widespread. It was a game-changer for the development of a wine market, as wine could be easily transported by sailors on rivers and waterways.
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