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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

      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

  • Albert Bichot

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

  • Château Franc Cardinal

    This estate was originally owned by Jean-Louis Lacour but he sent most of his production to a n...

  • Lamothe

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

  • Château De Seguin

    Château de Seguin in Bordeaux is part of the CHRIS-WINE Group. An indenpendent and family owned w...

  • Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

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

  • Château Paul Mas

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

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France on Snooth

  • Domaine Alain Michelot "Les Saint-Georges" Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru Rouge 2009

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    i prefer this to the '08 vintage. it is similarly light, and very fruit forward. but there is an added layer of pepper spices and french oak, which added to the complexity. Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Would be good to hear directly from her on this, since she is actively posting ... ... such a prestige name in France though I haven't been drinking it for awhile, so I'm curious.BTW, RCKR, Stevenson has been accused of being a shill for the major champers conglomerates. I've never met the guy and have no direct basis for judgment, but you al... Read More

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  • La Chablisienne Saint Bris 2015

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    Looking for a smooth, soft white wine from a good vintage - perhaps even a ... ... ... to dominate elsewhere in France at this price point.. Finish is medium with fig, lemon, grass and a touch of watercress. Best yet. 8 Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Faiveley Echezeaux 2002

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    today, 18 feb 2017 is a special day for me, where the benchmark of fine wine has been heightened even further. this one was an enigma, and it kept developing, developing, and developing, becoming more fruit forward as it breathes. every sip was a different experience! really summing to one single word - unbelievable! i do hope that i might be ab... Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Domaine Bernard Gripa Saint-Péray les Pins Saint-Péray 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Macon Terroir Maconnais 2015

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine from a local supermarket for £10.Macon is an appellation created in 1939 [although the history of viticulture in the area goes back centuries ] for red and white wines [though most are white ] from the Maconnais ie the southern part of the Burgundy region.Macon contains a number of smaller appellations such as Saint ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Fixin Premiere Cru Clos du Chapitre Domaine Guy Dufouleur 1996

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    rich fruits and some soy, with bit of acidity; complex and layered Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Domaine Vision 'Estate' Pays d'Oc. France Viognier 2015

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    much better when chilled carrying the wonderful taste of a good Viognier. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • LOIRE VALLEY, France....home to Muscadet. Read More

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  • Domaine Lafage Cote d'Est 2015

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    This wine - apparently produced by a favourite Roussillon house of Parker - does make for a wonderful, affordable wine. It has a nose of those over-perfumed kind of flowers like Wisteria or Clematis - perhaps Honeysuckle - but this is inviting (even perfect) for diurnal drinking patterns. The Rousanne component (at least 30%) needs time, but t... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Do you have any wine from corsica, please thanks

    Comment by 521945Jack Weisz 521945 Jack Weisz


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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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