Gamay is a grape variety known for producing light and simple wines with fresh red-fruit and candied aromas. Its homeland is Beaujolais, France, where it is typically vinified using the carbonic maceration method to produce the famous Beaujolais Nouveau. Gamay is also grown in the Maconnais region and the Loire Valley, where it is used primarily to make rosé wines and blended with Pinot Noir. Outside of France, Gamay is grown in Switzerland, Italy, Croatia, Kosovo, Serbia and other Central and Eastern European states. It is also grown in California and other New World countries such as Canada and New Zealand.