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

Christy Canterbury MW

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!

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...

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Chardonnay

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

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

      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...

  • Aquitaine and Charentes

  • Auvergne

Popular Wineries in France View all

  • Château Saint Christophe

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

  • Albert Boxler

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

  • Château Timberlay

    Château Timberlay (appellation Bordeaux Supérieur) is located in Saint-Andre-de-Cubzac. It symbol...

  • Arrogant Frog

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

  • Moët & Chandon

      Moet & Chandon is one of the most well-known luxury champagne producers in the word. Wi...

  • 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


  • Le Petit Grand Bordeaux 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Part of a Lot 18 Quarterly Selection - Bright and cheery with loads of bracing acidity, grapefruit, honeydew and under-ripe melon and herbs. Long medium weight finish. Had it alone, but seems like it would be outstanding with food. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • You like pictures of vineyards?  I have a few from France: Read More

    Forum post in the topic In the Vineyard


  • Nebbiolo d'Alba Ochetti. Renato Ratti 2011

    Snoothrank:

    No written review

    Wine review by cathyg


  • Nebbiolo d'Alba Ochetti. Renato Ratti 2011

    Snoothrank:

    No written review

    Wine review by cathyg


  • Gres Saint Paul Syrhus Coteaux du Languedoc 2003

    Snoothrank:

    I bought two bottles of this wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/69563. The Coteaux du Languedoc is a verey large area stretching from the Rhone delta to the Spanish border which got AOC status in the 1980's although the name of the AOC is now simply Languedoc. The history of winemaking in the area goes back to at least the ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuisse 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Green apples and pineapple on the nose. Good acidity. Oak stands tall on the finish. Not especially impressed considering the price point. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Domaine Roger Perrin Côtes du Rhône 2007

    Snoothrank:

    very well balanced, perhaps it is the 7 years age that has help this wine develop into a surprisingly flavorful, balanced and great drinking wine Read More

    Wine review by erapaich


  • Château Cadillac Red Bordeaux Blend Bordeaux Supérieur Cuvée J.j. Lesgourgues 2009

    Snoothrank:

    Dry, but not to excess. Great for guests that are picky and don't know anything about wine Read More

    Wine review by sailerdebi


  • Chateau Haut-Mouleyre Grande Reserve Metal Label 2011

    Snoothrank:

    This modest wine from the right bank of the Garonne is very reflective of the so-called Bordeaux "style" - somewhat taut, a little tart and redolent of deep, black berries. From the "normal" 2011 vintage, flavours harken back to the 1960's or earlier and spell F-R-A-N-C-E. A little thinner than products from the other side of the river, this wi... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Ovation du Cros Graves Superieures 2013

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine from a local supermarket for £6. Graves Superieures is an AOC created in 1937 for sweet botryised white wines from 44 communes south of the City of Bordeaux and north of the small town of Langon. [The Graves AOC was created in the same year for dry white and red wines from the same area] Graves Superieures includes S... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • 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