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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Varietals Produced in France View all

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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...

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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in France View all

  • Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

    Patience, know-how, observation, intuition...these are the skills required to make and age our wi...

  • Château Saint Christophe

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

  • Arrogant Frog

    Arrogant Frog was born in the Herault Valley in Languedoc in the south of France, near the Medite...

  • Château Paul Mas

    For over 170 years, González Byass has committed itself to research and quality for its range of ...

  • Alexis Lichine

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

  • Château de Pommard

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

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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


  • Chateau Hanteillan 2010

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    Dark color, nice cedar nose but the fruit is closed in. Hard tannin dominates. The fruit comes out with air but is never to the point where it is enough to deemed acceptable. An awkward wine that will never straighten out completely. My rating-- 83. Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko


  • Domaine Dupeuble Pere et Fils Beaujolais Blanc 2011

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    Really nice chardonnay from Beaujolais. Crisp, lemony, acidic, minerally, very much like a very nice village level white Burgundy. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Gerard Bertrand Chardonnay Naturae 2011

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    decent Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Château du Grand Carretey Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Sauternes 2011

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    The nose has tropical botrytis notes and honey mixed with fresh semillon fruit. It is a big improvement over their 2005. It does lack acid, which is quite common with Sauternes. Very sweet but needs a bit more complexity. My rating-- 89. Enjoyable wine. Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko


  • Dominique Piron Brouilly 2011

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    Interestingly, I have not imbibed of the products of Brouilly for a couple of years. Good grog though, and this entry shows an attractive, soft plum nose with a touch of leather. Colour is Gamay red - almost black. On the palate, there is a nice Damson flavour with a hint of stem - though not intrusively bitter. Better than the last draft I ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau Landat Haut-Medoc Cru Bourgeois Vieilles Vignes 1998

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a wine merchant in Sussex for £12.Haut-Medoc is a large AOC set up in 1936 for wines produced in 15 communes on the eastern side of the Medoc peninsular stretching nearly 40 miles north from the city of Bordeaux It is an 'umbrella' AOC because it includes several smaller but more prestigious appellations such as... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Château Picampeau Red Bordeaux Blend Lussac-St. Émilion 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by SCM42


  • Dom Peri doesn't really do it for me, either.  Nothing made by Moet et ... ... has really wowed me, in France or here.  For less money, I'll take a P-J Belle Epoque.  Or Taittinger, or Billecart-Salmon, or a bunch of things.  For way less, Pierre Paillard (grower stuff) wowed me recently. Speaking of underwhelming wines, I had two bottles of R... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • It's not just the year, but the year for specific locations and ... ... Canada, so as in CA, WA, OR, France, Italy, etc., especially over larger geographical ranges.Melissa, could be vintage, could also be winemaking. Have you tried letting the 2010 breathe for several hours first? Does it taste different on the 2nd day after opening? I haven'... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Clos du Bois North Coast...


  • Hob Nob Pinot Noir 2012

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    very pleasant and tasting like a Pinot nior should taste and the french always make a great wine......better. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • 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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