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 »

Mentor for French Wines

Eric Guido

Food and Wine Writer for Snooth Media, Chef, Musician, Poet, Wine Lover, and Workaholic. Owner, Chef and Writer for The V.I.P. Table.

View Profile » View Top Lists »

Other Mentors

See all Mentors »

View More

Popular wines made in France under $20

Find local availability for these wines:Submit

Varietals Produced in France View all

  • Merlot

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • Bordeaux

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

  • Burgundy

      Burgundy is perhaps the most complex and intimidating of French wine regions. It is locate...

  • 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...

  • South West France

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

  • Aquitaine and Charentes

  • Armagnac

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

  • Auvergne

Popular Wineries in France View all

  • Badet Clement & Co

    A shared passion ... Since 1991, "Les Jamelles" has been produced by Catherine and Laurent Delau...

  • Château Saint Christophe

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

  • Michel Picard

    Picard Père et Fils is one of the largest wine producers and négociants in Burgundy and, with nea...

  • Albert Boxler

    Albert Boxler is a 300-year-old family winery in the small town of Niedermorschwihr. The domaine ...

  • Château De Seguin

    Château de Seguin in Bordeaux is part of the CHRIS-WINE Group. An indenpendent and family owned w...

  • Lamothe

    We had this wine while in the Bahamas and loved it. Would like to know where we can purchase it...

Page 1 of 1,000

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


  • Grey Goose Vodka 2011

    Snoothrank:

    Very smooth compared to other brands if you're willing to pay the price. Read More

    Wine review by cuttlefish33


  • Blackberet Pinot Noir NV

    Snoothrank:

    Ok Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Domaine Chiroulet Famille Fezas Cotes de Gascogne White "Terres Blanches" 2012

    Snoothrank:

    My first experience with Gros Maseng. Ripe melon and peach blends with apricot, grass, and elderflower. The slight fizz on the tongue, coupled with the obvious influence of Sauvignon Blanc, makes this perfect for an encounter at an outdoor cafe' and some oysters. Fabulous value. Read More

    Wine review by cma238


  • Chateau Argadens Bordeaux Superieur 2009

    Snoothrank:

    Served in Business First Class on United international and it was very nice nose and stood up to tandoori chicken. Read More

    Wine review by annettefri


  • Domaine Maby Lirac la Fermade 2012

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine for £12 from a shop in Wiltshire [www.yapp.co.uk ].AOC status was granted in 1947 [although wine production here goes back to before the Romans and indeed,in the 16th century the term 'Cotes du Rhone' originated here ] for red, white and rose wines produced in four communes around the village of Lirac on the west ban... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Indeed, Portugal has been producing wine since at least the time of the Greeks, ... hundred years before that of France,Trouble is, with the exception of fortified wines like Port, most of its output has traditionally been crap. That's changing though and in the last 15 years the improvement has been remarkable... so much so that I consider Por... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Feelings on Portuguese Wines?


  • Chateau de Brau Cabardes 2011

    Snoothrank:

    20% Cabernet, 30% Merlot, 25% Syrah, 25% Grenache Earthy and spicy and immediately attractive on the nose with its complex blend of tobacco, carob, tomato leaf, stone and peppery red fruit aromas. Smooth and polished on entry, this is very well balanced if a little too supple for me, but still it's a delightful wine in the mouth. The flavors ar... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Orpheon [musique des cepages ] Domaine Tenon nv

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine for £5 from the Domaine Tenon stand at the 2014 London France Show back in January but have only now got around to drinking it.Domaine Tenon is owned by Philippe and Pascal Combe and is in the southern Rhone region.Unlike some of their other wines this one is not an AOC wine but a mere Vin de Table.It is a blend of s... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Georges Vigouroux Malbec 2010 2010

    Snoothrank:

    A lightly sour and strong malbec, with some alcohol in the nose, lemon/lime flavors, and dashes of bitterness and sweetness. Pretty good. Read More

    Wine review by Slipstream


  • Opici Chianti Straw Bottle 2012

    Snoothrank:

    I realized I missed the straw-covered bottles of Italian and Spanish wines that I remember seeing years ago, so I picked this up. A tart, light-bodied wine with some smoky tannins in the aroma. Not bad. Read More

    Wine review by Slipstream


  • 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


  • New image uploaded to this page.

    Page modification by 868380songwx 868380 songwx


  • 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


1 2 3 4 5  ...  1000 next




View larger map



Best Wine Deals

See More Deals »

Recent Forum PostsView all


French wine ratings and reviews






Snooth Media Network