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+Winner of the Villa Maria Award for Outstanding Viticulture Examination. Wine judge+public speaker. Journalist for Snooth+Food Arts+Sommelier Journal+Beverage Media+others. Educator at SideTour+Astor Center. Incorrigible traveler!

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Popular wines made in France under $20

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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

  • Champagne Demoiselle Vranken

    Built on the hamlet of Les Demoiselles, the Château des Castaignes produces the DEMOISELLE vintag...

  • Château Paul Mas

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

  • Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

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

  • Albert Boxler

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

  • Lamothe

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

  • Château Timberlay

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

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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 d'Aqueria Tavel Rose 2012

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    Strong strawberries on the nose. Candied cherries upon entry with light acidity and an bit of oak on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • "Like Grappa without the stems?"Not sure if that's consistent. ... (or from anywhere else in France) can be made differently depending on who's making it. I view it pretty much the same as grappa, at least that grappa that's made from grapes, and so flavor differences between grappa and marc depend most greatly on the grapes employed. In both ... Read More

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  • Clos de la Deviniere Maison Natale de Rabelais Cabernet Franc 2009

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    I bought this bottle of wine for 5 euros from the gift shop at Chinon castle when I visited in May. It is a Touraine AOC wine. The Touraine AOC was created in 1939 for red, white, rose and sparkling wines made from a variety of grapes in 20 communes stretching along 60 miles of the Loire river from Blois to Chinon. It is an 'umbrella' designatio... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Gromel Bel Air Bordeaux Superieur 2010

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    A bit stinky on the nose with aromas of pencil shavings and leather framing a core of spicy black fruit all bathed in vanilla tinged cedary oak. Smooth and rich up front, this thins out a bit on the palate revealing delicate woodsy black currant fruit that has a slight dried plum/cocoa cast to it. The finish is long if dry and while there some ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Chateau Reynaud-Lacoste Bordeaux 2011

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    Not particularly aromatic with faint sour red fruit aromas and suggestions of smoke, soil, leather and dried flowers subtly emerging on the nose. Fruity and tart in the mouth, this is pleasant if rustic with a curiously jammy edge to the tart wild cherry and raspberry flavors. Simple, fresh, and fun to drink with candied cherry fruit through the... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Chateau Bonnet Bordeaux 2011

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    A bit raw woody on the nose with attractive if discrete underlying plummy fruit that has some peppery and floral accents to it. Smooth and simple in the mouth with integrated acidity and soft tannins that roll over the tongue with the plummy and violet tinged fruit. Clean with lovely black currant and herbal notes on the moderately long and arom... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Exem Bordeaux 2011

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    At first a bit sweet and raspberry scented on the nose with some soapy floral notes, a touch of wood spice and some mineral steely accents emerging with air. Bright acids in the mouth lend this a refreshing and bright feel. Rather medium light bodied with lovely raspberry and red currant fruit that carries with it the lightly sweet suggestion fo... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Chateau Roc de Levraut Bordeaux Superieur 2012

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    Earthy on the nose and slightly vegetal with hints of beetroot and older wood laying under sassafras laced aromas of black cherry and plum with just a hint of mocha. Smooth and moderately rich in the mouth, this retains an austere quality in the mouth though there is no shortage of fruit. Black plums and black currants are wrapped up with subtl... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Chateau Petit-Freylon Bordeaux Blanc Cuvee Izzy 2011

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    Sweet, fresh and violet rich aromatics greet the nose followed by aroma of wild plums, almost tropical fruit, cinnamon and clay. Ths is smooth and polished with a fair amount of sweet extract concealing the acid and very soft tannins on the palate. Decidedly plummy in the mouth, and more a wine of texture than flavor, the acids struggle to shi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Chateau St. Sulpice Bordeaux 2010

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    Rather open on the nose with pencil lead and mushroom framing notes around a bright and vivid core of black currant fruit and smoky roasted chilies Theres a touch of leathery gaminess here as well but this still smells quite youthful. Ripe and fruity on entry, round even with a slightly fleshy feel to it and flavors that are tense and clear, ra... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • 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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