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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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

      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 ...

  • Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

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

  • Arrogant Frog

    Arrogant Frog was born in the Herault Valley in Languedoc in the south of France, near the Medite...

  • Château Saint Christophe

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

  • Château Timberlay

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

  • 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

  • Just checked Cellar Tracker of my 117 bottles 47% come from Washington or ... ... ... from Italy and 10% from France. I have found that the best QPR is Washington or Oregon. The only exception I make is Chardonnay which in my opinion only France is worth the price&nbs Read More

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  • Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Pays d'Oc 2016

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    Chunky watermelon and light strawberry aromas with a fleshy, floral character and a playful fruity freshness. Burst of acidity on entry with a cherry, strawberry and watermelon blend of fruit flavors on the palate, this has good length and a mellow grassy finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Brouilly Ropiteau Frères 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Jean-Paul Brun Terres Dorees Fleurie Grille Midi 2014

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  • Domaine Comte Peraldi Ajaccio Rouge Sciaccarello Nielluccio 2011

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    No written review

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  • Domaine Begude l'Etoile 2007

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    I bought three bottles of this wine for £14 from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/99555. They are from the Limoux appellation. This appellation was created in 2003 for still red and white wines from 40 communes around the small town of that name some 15 miles south of Carcasonne in the foothills of the Pyrenees. This area has a lon... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Château Capbern-Gasqueton Red Bordeaux Blend St. Estèphe 2010

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    The 2010 Capbern-Gasqueton (with a very famous neighbour) is a very worthy St.-Estephe; the nose is very Bordeaux with a cedar shavings, cherry and blackberry nose.Drinking very well just now, this wine will last at least another decade; with a wonderfully inky Cabernet Sauvignon flavour profile... fir needles and blackberry. A fine wine indeed.... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • L'Angelot de Seguin Pessac-Leognan 2013

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/110879. It is from the Pessac-Leognan appellation which was created in 1987 out of what had been the nothern part of the Graves appellation and is very close to the southern part of the City of Bordeaux.L'Angelot de Seguin is a second wine at Chateau Seguin ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • William Fevre Champs Royaux Chablis 2015

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    This generic Chablis from William Fevre is very fine indeed, with the focus and execution of a Premier Cru; the nose is of green apple and white pepper, and entry is smooth - though with a note of white pepper already mentioned. Clean as a whistle, this wine is highly recommended to those who love Chablis or wish to explore the AOC. 89-90. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Vincent Girardin Volnay Vieilles Vignes 2013

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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.

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  • 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

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  • 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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