The general Burgundy region begins less than one hundred miles south-east of Paris in the vineyards of Chablis. They reappear a further hundred miles south-east at Dijon, forming a long and narrow band of land about one hundred and twenty-five miles long heading south.
The general Beaujolais region is to the south of the Mâconnais and just north of the ancient Roman capital of Gaul, Lyons. The vineyards of Beaujolais actually cover a total area of 21,500 hectares, making this by far the largest region of Burgundy, representing almost half of all Burgundy vineyards.
Those vineyards entitled to use the Beaujolais name, or "appellation", cover about 9,680 hectares, thus accounting for almost half of the total area They are situated the furthest to the south benefiting from a warm continental climate (very warm in the summer, very cold in the winter).