True to tradition, Air France KLM Martinair Cargo is pleased and proud to play a major part in transporting this precious cargo. We participate in this special event every year by carrying large quantities of the delectable wine to all corners of the globe.
However, following bad weather conditions (hail and thunderstorms), we had four days less to export Beaujolais in 2019. Despite this, we transported no fewer than 1,050 tonnes to the traditional markets, which have special praise for this wine. Japan is served as the first destination, by far, with almost 80% of the all the wine we carry. Asia and Canada are among our other important destinations.
The arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau has always been a very French moment and tradition in the wine world. It provides pure moments of conviviality when people around the world gather over a glass of this very special wine.
Every year on the third Thursday in November, cafés, restaurants and bars fill up with revellers wanting to taste and enjoy this year´s new vintage. The set day for the release date of the Beaujolais was established back in 1985. It was decided that the third Thursday in November would be the uniform release date. Wines are shipped around the world a few days before, but must be stored in locked warehouses until 00:01 hours on the Thursday.
The Beaujolais wine takes its name from the historical Province of Beaujolais, the wine producing region to the north of Lyon. The wine is made in the northern part of the Rhône department and southern area of the Saône-et-Loire department which is in the region of Burgundy.
By being fully available each year when our customers most need us, Air France KLM Martinair Cargo demonstrates its reliability by bringing the wine to its final destinations at the right time and under all the right conditions.