French Wine

Perhaps no country evokes such strong associations with fine wine as does France. Its reputation has led to worldwide imitation. Many varieties that are now considered international, such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, are French, and winemaking pioneers in New World regions such as California and Chile look to the great wines of France as their benchmark.


France has been making wine since approximately 600 BC, and was its largest producer until it was passed by Italy in 2008.  With over 800,000 hectacres under vine, it has the largest vineyard area in the world after Spain. It is, however, the world’s largest producer of fine wines. AC wines constitute over 45 percent of its production, compared with 12 to 15 percent of Italy’s, for example.

One advantage France has over other wine-producing countries is the great variety of growing climates it encompasses. Its south has a Mediterranean climate, with a warm sun that can be relied on to fully ripen grapes. Western France Read more »

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Master of Wine. Wine judge+public speaker. Journalist for Snooth+Decanter+TimAtkin.com+Beverage Media+SOMM Journal+Civiltà del Bere+others. Short-listed for the 2014 Roederer Online Communicator of the Year Award. Incorrigible traveler!

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Varietals Produced in France View all

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Subregions of France

  • Alsace

    This region, wedged between the Rhine River and the Voges Mountains, is the product of a fascin...

  • Armagnac

      Armagnac is a grape brandy that is produced in the Gascony region of France. It’s the olde...

  • Bordeaux

    Located around the Gironde estuary and along the Dordogne and Garonne rivers, Bordeaux is one o...

  • Burgundy

    Bourgogne is perhaps the most complex and intimidating of French wine regions.    It enjoys...

  • Champagne

      Champagne is the most famous sparkling wine region in the world. It is located in northeas...

  • Cognac

      Table wine production has existed in the Cognac region of France since the Romans first pl...

  • Jura

    Jura is a French wine region that lies between Burgundy and Switzerland. The wines produced her...

  • Languedoc-roussillon

      This incredibly diverse region produces about a quarter of all the wine made in France, bu...

  • Loire

      The Loire River valley is a massively varied viticultural region in northwestern France. I...

  • Provence

    Sun-soaked Provence – home of the celebrated destinations of St. Tropez and Cannes, and beloved...

  • Rhône

      Located along a section of the Rhone river in southeastern France, this is really two regi...

  • Savoie

    Vin de Savoie is an Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) situation in the Alps. The wines from...

  • South West France

    South West France, or Sud Ouest, is a large expanse that covers several districts within the co...

  • Aquitaine and Charentes

  • Auvergne

Popular Wineries in France View all

  • Alexis Lichine

    Alexis Lichine was a Russian-born wine writer and entrepreneur, who made many important contrib...

  • Château Franc Cardinal

    This estate was originally owned by Jean-Louis Lacour but he sent most of his production to a n...

  • Château de Pommard

    Today, Château de Pommard is the largest private vineyard in Bourgogne. Its 20 hectares of wines ...

  • Château Saint Christophe

    The Château Saint-Christophe is an independent family-owned vintner from the Bordeaux area in F...

  • Cordier

    United since the merger of two century-old trading houses, Cordier and Mestrezat.The Cordier Mest...

  • Albert Bichot

    From !#%0, the Bichot family was established in Burgundy, with a deer as a symbol. is is only in ...

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France on Snooth

  • Iam fairly new to french wine. I am looking to start expanding my french wine knowledge. I would love any suggestions.

    Comment by 7964231francophile 796423 1francophile


  • William Fevre 'Champs Royaux' Chablis 2017

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    Light melon and lime leaf aromas with some apple notes and grapefruit. Juicy on the palate and very smooth with grapefruit and lime flavors, green melon and pear, this has medium plus acidity, a clean palate with good minerality and a steely finish. Theres a pleasant creaminess to the texture thats nicely balanced against fruit and spice, with a... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Les Hauts de Median Pays d'Oc Petit Verdot 2016

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £9 from a shop in Hampshire ... a large area in the South of France stretching from the Rhone delta to the Spanish border which got appellation status in the 1980's.The area is responsible for around a third of all French wine production although most of it,like my bottle,comes under a Vins de Pays [Pays D'Oc] d... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Larrivet Haut Brion 2015

    Snoothrank:

    No written review

    Wine review by gntop1


  • Laporte 'Le Bouquet' Val de Loire France Cabernet Franc 2015

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    expressing little fanfare it is pleasant and distinct. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Domaine Saint Germain Minervois la Liviniere 1999

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    I bought four bottles of this wine from the www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/119941 website for £21. The Minervois appellation was created in 1985,although viticulture here goes back to at least the Romans,for red,rose and white wines from 61 communes at the western end of the Languedoc region between Carcassonne and Narbonne.In 1998 six of th... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • L'Aiguebrun le Pont la Coquille Luberon 2017

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    I bought this bottle of wine for 4 euros on a recent visit to Calais.Luberon is an appellation created in 1988.although there has been viticulture here since before the Romans,fror red,rose and white wines from 36 communes in the south-east corner of the Rhone wine region.Vines are grown on the sides of the Luberon mountain south of the Calavan ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Holy crap Emark!!!!! That's some seriously embarrassing s**t!  ... ... ... Colbert decided that France needed to get into the textile business in a big way, so he issued edicts favoring sheep herding. He also wanted to build roads, so he essentially conscripted peasants to build them - it was kind of like the US interstate system but in Franc... Read More

    Forum post in the topic "Ancient" Decrees & History ?


  • Château Desmirail Margaux 1998

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £23 from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/130402.Margaux is an appellation created in 1938,although there has been viticulture here since the Romans,for red wines from 5 communes around the village of that name on the eastern side of the Medoc peninsular about 15 miles north of the City of Bordeaux.... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Denis Mortet Marsannay les Longeroies 2011

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    I bought two bottles of this wine from the website www.cellartrade for £45.Marsannay is a Burgundy appellation created in 1987 for red,rose and white wines [although 2/3rds are red] from 3 communes at the northern end of the Cotes de Nuits.just south of Dijon.There are no Grand or Premier Cru sites. My bottles are 100% pinot noir and were agerd ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • GREGT, that's great, thanks! I'll have to go back to my other books and ... regions like Spain, Southern France, Eastern Europe, etc. Any other books I should look into?  Also do you have any source material for Gamay that would fill in the real reasons why it was banned from Burgundy?&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic "Ancient" Decrees & History ?


  • Just found out my 90 yr old mil would love to have a bottle of Chassagne-Montrachet as her father was originally from France and she thinks there might be a connection to the wineries. I would like to get a nice bottle for her (approx. $40 - 50). Am in the 21222 zipcode and can't find anything near me.

    Comment by 1429001Sharyn Jenkins 1429001 Sharyn Jenkins


  • where in the uk can we obtain clos siguier, a malbec?

    Comment by 983342mitmann 983342 mitmann


  • OMG. Thats where wine comes from. Huge varienty and quality to go around and around. My favorite wines come from France. Yay!

    Comment by 936723WineauxSlave 936723 WineauxSlave


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  • appellation-a-vent Stuart Imports Chateau Des Jaque J Thorin 1959 Magnum

    Comment by 744135Lila Meyers 744135 Lila Meyers


  • Just had a bottle of Chateau Des Gravies 1999 with dinner at Christmas Eve. It was fantastic, well balanced and great finish.

    Comment by 696084Rkato 696084 Rkato


  • Let’s face it, this is may be the most intimidating problem facing a prospective wine buyer, either at a restaurant, wine store or wine auction. You probably don’t remember French pronunciation, but if you are lucky you may have some other Romantic language under your belt. Here is a list of some basic terms and their pronunciation: * Amon...

    Comment by 629309MadBistro 629309 MadBistro


  • "Ridiculously cheap" yet "drinkable" - how often do you find those phrases together in connection with French wine? See them dance together on the Sediment blog at www.sedimentblog.com

    Comment by 546548Sedimentblog 546548 Sedimentblog


  • Love France - love French wine!

    Comment by 345074Sweetie22 345074 Sweetie22


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