Between the granite north near Macon, clay and limestone soil of the South, near Lyon, the Beaujolais vineyards cover 24 000 hectares of vineyards. It is considered one of the most beautiful wine regions of France. Historically and geographically, it is the southern part of Burgundy. Domaine Dominique Piron controls approximately 40 hectares of vines in the villages of Regnié, Brouilly, Morgon and other surrounding areas. Dominique Piron and his American oenologist wife Kristine-Mary have been both experimental and increasingly successful in recent vintages, and last year they significantly expanded their acreage. Some of the vineyards are owned by his family, and some are rented. All are controlled by Piron from vine to wine, so that even though some of his wines are technically negociant wines, he is responsible for every aspect from the vineyard care to the marketing of the finished wine. The vinification here is entirely done by the traditional whole cluster method. The vats are bled of the initial free-run juice to concentrate the fermenting must on the skins. This juice is then fermented apart and added back in only when the wines are deemed to be too heavy without it.