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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Champagne Demoiselle Vranken

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

  • Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

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

  • Michel Picard

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

  • 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...

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France on Snooth

  • Domaine du Petit Clocher Anjou Villages 2014

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in Oxfordshire [www.oxfordwines.co.uk ] for £7.50. 151 communes are allowed to use the general Anjou appellation for red,rose,white and sparkling wines but only 46 of them can use the Anjou Villages appellation,created in 1991 for red wines only made of the cabernet sauvignon and/or cabernet franc grapes.... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • A. et P. de Villaine Bouzeron 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Bonne Pioche Pic-Saint-Loup 2013

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    Wine review by littlebuddha


  • Domaine Clavel Pic Saint Loup Bonne Pioche 2011

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    Wine review by littlebuddha


  • Touraine Gamay Domaine du Prieure 2011

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a stand at the 2017 London France Show [www.amandaswines.co.uk ] for £10. The Touraine appellation was created in 1939 [although viticulture here goes back to at least the Romans] for red,white,rose and sparkling wines produced in 70 communes around the town of Tours in the Loire valley. It is an umbrella appell... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2014

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    Creamy lemon balm and spicy citrus zest aromas with ripe melon and a touch of peach. This is nicely thick and creamy on the palate, almost oily in texture with floral notes of peach, melon and buttery lemon sorbet towards the lightly oaked finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Volnay Caillerets Ancienne Cuvee Carnot 2013

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    honey, grass, and sweet spices, red currants; long fruity finish Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rose 2015

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    Light watermelon and strawberry aromas. Chunky and soft on the palate with melon notes and a fun fresh spice on the mid palate finishing with a touch of cherry. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Nicolas Joly Savennieres Coulee de Serrant Clos de la Coulee de Serrant 2000

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Macon-Lugny Saint-Pierre Bouchard Pere & Fils 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • 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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