Originating in the town of Gamay, located in the Cote d’Or, Burgundy, the Gamay grape is a cross between Pinot Noir and the little known white grape Gouais that dates back to around 1360.
Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy issued the edict of 1395 banning that most “disloyal variety”, Gamay, from the Cote d’Or, an act which has had far-reaching consequences for the region.
The edict actually covered several aspects of winemaking as well as calling for the expulsion of Gamay from the duke’s much cherished vineyards around Beaune and Dijon,
Burgundy’s loss has been a gain to the Beaujolais region just to the south, as it escaped Burgundy to become the predominant grape there and produces excellent light, fruity, refreshing reds – just right for your Thanksgiving table.
Try a wine from one of these well known and obtainable “Cru” villages : Morgon, Moulin-a-Vent, Brouilly, Fleurie.
Now coming to the Willamette Valley in OR, many wineries have discovered how well Gamay adapts to the growing area and are beginning to plant small parcels. Notably the Gamay by Martin Woods, 2016 is a remarkably supple and rich wine, pairing exceptionally with braised meat dishes and rich pasta sauces.