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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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 de Pommard

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

  • Albert Boxler

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

  • Château Saint Christophe

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

  • 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...

  • Champagne Demoiselle Vranken

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

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France on Snooth

  • Château Bois Redon Red Bordeaux Blend Bordeaux Supérieur 2011

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    Gave this to Mr. Deaver on the occasion of his 80th Birthday Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Had been to France a few times and had lots of wine, had a friend who was one of the first wine collectors I ever met, in the 1970s. Alas, the wines he served were wasted on me. I wish I could go back and thank him.Then I'd drink wine now and again randomly and sometimes remembered one that I liked but it wasn't a big deal. It was a Thanksgiving... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Do you have, or can you... by 89564GregT 89564 GregT


  • Nice, rckr. Speaking of California bigotry, I looked at my tasting notes ... ... he appears to have given France a try (6% of notes) without converting.  Good on him for waving the banner, but one of these days I will get him on a plane to Italy, I swear.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Well one photo showed up, which I assume you'd already posted, once I ... ... ... used in dessert wines in France, but in Oz is often fermented dry.  This verdelho may be off-dry, though. The reason why I'm wondering is that sweeter wines can age more easily, though they're not the only kind of wine that would still be good from the early '80s... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello wine drinkers


  • DMCKER - 1. I agree with you about cleaning with phosphates and I did it for ... ... certain areas in Italy, France, Spain (my experience there was limited), Portugal was great, as were NZ and England.  Countries that had no Naval interface for years and - well - hell they'd give a daughter to you so you have a baby and they could then get to... Read More

    Forum post in the topic White Burgundy Question


  • RICHARD - I SPENT, INCLUDING U.S. NAVY TIME, 20/21 (72-93) YEARS IN SHIPYARDS ... ... Europe - Italy, Spain, France, Portugal and England - those are where I learned about wines. Those places were much different as a civilian.  But that's another story.                                                &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic White Burgundy Question


  • A lot of it was sodium tripolyphosphate, according to this rather complete ... ... ... lined concrete tanks in France over a hundred years ago.  They put in panes of glass and cemented them together.  See what a little research can lead t Read More

    Forum post in the topic White Burgundy Question


  • Domaine Roger Luquet Macon Villages "Les Mulots" 2013

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    Nice. Citrus and pear notes with good mouth feel, high acid and smooth finish. Not particularly complex but very enjoyable. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Domaine Guerrin et Fils Pouilly-Fuisse Vieilles Vignes 2014

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Nptting Hill [ www.oddbins.com ] Pouilly-Fuisse is an appellation created in 1936 although viticulture here goes back to at least the Romans,for white wines made with the chardonnay grape from four communes around the village of Fuisse. This is located about five miles south-west of the town o... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine de Fenouillet Grande Reserve Faugeres Vignobles Jeanjean 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Do you have any wine from corsica, please thanks

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  • chateau maucaillou

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  • For my tastes, living in the Washington, DC metro area, French wines have better value than California wines. I can find many French reds, particularly from the Rhone Valley, in the $15 to $20 price range that are better than anything I have had from California in that price range.

    Comment by 157728Whiffer 157728 Whiffer


  • We did a tasting last weekend and opened a "2004 Louis Jadot Clos Vougeot " - guys this burgundy is so elegant so well balanced - its like a velvetty caress of the most passionate lips ... you can taste the supple nuances of the grape and terroir as your tounge swirls around in her innate beauty ... you feel her warmth drip down your molars ...

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  • Hi~i'm the new member..can anyone willing to tell me what type of wine can pair with this food: oysters served with fresh horseradish creme and lemon wedges...thank you

    Comment by 254325youyu 254325 youyu


  • I agree with schellbe concerning Beaujolais, and you should try the AOC Chénas wines from Château des Jean-Loron. Here is the website : http://www.vins-de-bourgogne-sud.com You will find very original, typical and greedy wines.

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