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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

    Bourgogne is perhaps the most complex and intimidating of French wine regions.    It enjoys...

  • 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 Timberlay

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

  • Château Paul Mas

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

  • Cordier

    United since the merger of two century-old trading houses, Cordier and Mestrezat.The Cordier Mest...

  • Lamothe

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

  • Albert Bichot

    From !#%0, the Bichot family was established in Burgundy, with a deer as a symbol. is is only in ...

  • Moët & Chandon

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

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France on Snooth

  • Chateau de Campuget Costieres-de-Nimes 1753 2011

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    a "neutral" Rhone wine that neither disgusts nor detracts from what is a pleasant drinkable representation of the blend Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Pontificis Pays d'Oc Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre 2009

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    tried 2014 with raphael Read More

    Wine review by ctawn


  • Chateau de la Dauphine Fronsac 2005

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/119446. Fronsac is an appellation created in 1936 for red and rose wines from 7 communes around the village of that name west of the town of Libourne and north of the Dorgogne river.[Canon-Fronsac is a sub-appellation created in 1964 for two of those commune... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Rives-Blanques Brut Blanc de Blancs Cremant de Limoux 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Captain Morgan Long Island Ice Tea NV

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    Sweet heavens, it's a load of everything delicious I shouldn't have! Sugar, caffeine, alcohol wrapped up in a tasty package that hits all senses full tilt. Self-control becoming a problem, after the alcohol wore off, I woke up at 4 a.m. ready to build a rocketship to Mars if only I could walk a straight line to the *ahem* library first. Capta... Read More

    Wine review by Aegelis


  • Cafe de Paris Pear

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    As an alternative to our usual Martini & Rossi Asti Champagne, we thought we'd give this a try, mostly because of the word "Pear" on the label. Seeing "Paris" did influence the decision as the expecation would be sweet, wet rather than tart, dry. Meeting expectations on sweet, wet and an alternative to champagne, we didn't taste a whole lot of... Read More

    Wine review by Aegelis


  • Boutinot Cotes du Rhone-Villages Seguret les Coteaux Schisteux 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Marselan Vin de Pays des Coteaux d'Ensérune Enseduna Foncalieu 2016

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Domaine Georges Vernay Côte Rôtie Blonde du Seigneur 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Santa Duc Gigondas Aux Lieux Dits 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by anstett


  • Do you have any wine from corsica, please thanks

    Comment by 521945Jack Weisz 521945 Jack Weisz


  • chateau maucaillou

    Comment by 471975Melchizedek432 471975 Melchizedek432


  • 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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