Lyon’s Beaujolais labeled a World Geopark by the UNESCO

Published: 2018/04/23

Worldwide recognition is brought to the Beaujolais, just north of Lyon, with the World Georpark label.


The UNESCO has awarded the World Geopark label to the Beaujolais territories to put a light on the cultural and geological heritage of the region located just north of Lyon.


On Tuesday, April 17th, the Beaujolais was officially labeled a World Geopark by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The Beaujolais Geopark project, driven by the Syndicat Mixte du Beaujolais since 2012, successfully promoted the territory to worldwide recognition.

The label is supposed to energize, promote and develop the Beaujolais territories.

A vineyard in the Beaujolais wine region near Lyon.

The UNESCO World Geopark label will help the Beaujolais tourism industry to grow and support the local economy. ©


Worldwide recognition given to the Beaujolais

Located between two other territories labellized by the UNESCO, Burgundy and Lyon, the Geopark label will seek to stimulate the local economy and bring tourism to the region landlocked between two famous French destinations.

« This label is a worldwide recognition for the Beaujolais, » celebrates Daniel Paccoud, president of the Syndicat Mixte du Beaujolais.

The Geopark label is another tourism selling point for the Beaujolais.

The north-west territories of Lyon is known worldwide for its wine, but the label brings an eye to the region’s geological heritage.

The Beaujolais is easy to visit out of Lyon and provides outstanding sites such as dozens of vineyards, the Mont Brouilly or the Lac des Sapains, the many castles and some of the most beautiful cities of France.

Wine fields in the Beaujolais region near Lyon.

The Beaujolais attracted the interest of UNESCO thanks to the Beaujolais Geopark project, created by the Syndicat Mixte du Beaujolais in 2012 to promote the region. ©


37 Geosites located in the Beaujolais Geopark

According to the UNESCO, the World Geopark label is the recognition of a remarkable geological heritage to a specific territory.

Sites of geological interest, in connection with nature or culture, are protected and valorized under this label.

37 Geosites compose the Beaujolais Geopark territory, from the slopes of the Monts du Lyonnais, just north of Lyon, to the hills outside of Macon, in Burgundy, and the many famous vineyards around Villefranche-sur-Saone. 

Click here if you want to know more about the Beaujolais Geopark project.