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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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

  • Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

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

  • Albert Bichot

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

  • Château de Pommard

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

  • Château Paul Mas

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

  • Michel Picard

    Picard Père et Fils is one of the largest wine producers and négociants in Burgundy and, with nea...

  • Château Timberlay

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

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France on Snooth

  • I am easily manipulated into revising this thread, but I wasn't seeing much action regarding cheap Pinot Noir, so I moved on.  Perhaps after a week or so we can refocus on the Pinot's from a certain region....but I would like to see some more examples of the Sancerre region if possible. Read More

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  • Loire Valley is a treasure of well-priced wines.  SBs from Sancerre or Pouilly-Fume rarely disappoint.  I don't think I have any in inventory right now, but they are fairly easy to pick up.  I know we have a Trader Joe's visit in our near term future.  Trader Joe's  rarely sells the absolute top-of-the-line wines, but what they do sell is fairly... Read More

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  • EM, sounds like a Trader Joe's trip in your near future, and I need to open the above Sancere bottle within the next few days.  I wonder if I can pair it with nachos? Read More

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  • How about we change to a new varietal for consideration as Thanksgiving ... of ... of the Sancerre region in France.  Then we can expand to Sauvignon Blanc around the world.  I haven't yet opened this one to confirm how good it is, but my expectations are high.  I'll open in very soon if other folks post their favorites or ones they would like... Read More

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  • Frank Phelan Saint-Estephe 2011

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine for 10 euros at the end of my last trip to France. Saint Estephe is a Bordeaux appellation that was created in 1936[although viticulture in the area goes back centuries], for red wines from the single commune around the village of that name in the north of the Medoc peninsular. Frank Phelan was created in 1986 as the... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Kirkland Signature Gigondas 2015

    Snoothrank:

    Very nice Rhone blend, modernish in style. 85/10/5 I hope they haven't sold out. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Louis Jadot Beaujolais 2015

    Snoothrank:

    No written review

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Nuiton-Beaunoy Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2013

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London [www.oddbins.co.uk] for £13.It is from the general Burgundy appellation made by the Nuiton-Beaunoy co-operative group that was aged on its lees in a stainless steel tank.I started it last night with my steak supper. The colour of the wine is quite pale almost like a rose but there is some fairly... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine Parent Volnay Premiere Cru Clos des Chenes 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Chateau Haut-Badette St.Emilion 1981

    Snoothrank:

    I was given this bottle of wine following a house clearance in Fulham. Saint Emilion on the east or 'right bank' in the Bordeaux region has a history of viticulture going back to at least the Romans. It is now the largest appellation there.My bottle comes from a small property that is part of the Janoueix empire and consists of 90% merlot and 10... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Do you have any wine from corsica, please thanks

    Comment by 521945Jack Weisz 521945 Jack Weisz


  • 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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