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

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Château de Pommard

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

  • Albert Boxler

    Albert Boxler is a 300-year-old family winery in the small town of Niedermorschwihr. The domaine ...

  • Château Saint Christophe

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

  • Château Paul Mas

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

  • Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

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

  • 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

  • Domaine de Fenouillet Grande Reserve Faugeres Vignobles Jeanjean 2012

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  • La Vieille Ferme Ventoux Red 2015

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  • Chateau de la Chesnaie Muscadet 2009

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    Wine review by Marijan Kurtovic


  • MJET - Here's a list of wines that are currently out there (out of ... Toscana France:2012 Tour St-Christophe, St-Emilion***2015 Labégorce, Margaux (Pre-Arrival)**/***2015 La Fleur de Boüard, Lalande-de-Pomero2012 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc***2012Beauregard, Pomerol2012 Phélan-Ségur, St-Estèphe***2012 Haut-Batailley, Pauillac2014 Clerc-Milon, Pauil... Read More

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  • Katie Jones la Gare Fitou 2014

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    A recent Naked Wines Selection. Deep opaque Purple in the Glass. Opens with Toffee, Vanilla Cream, & Concord Grape; then Baking Spices and more Toffee. Some Alcohol burn both on the nose and in the mouth...it is still young. Medium Tannins and Acidity and more on the Dry side, with a medium fullness in the mouth. Very pleasant balance of Peppere... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Haut Bergey Blanc 2012

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    The 2012 Haut-Bergey Blanc smells and tastes like a masterful blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon; there is a scent of lightly sugared pear and lychee with a hint of anise and perhaps ginger. On the palate, the wine is slightly viscous but thirst quenching with citrus, pear and licorice flavours predominating. Finish is satisfying and long. ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • "I think to limit the conversation to just Cali cabs is to ... other markets, including a France that has been affected by the American business model to an increasing extent, it sometimes is more like 35% vs 95% so the decision there is a no-brainer.  Read More

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  • Chateau Moulin du Terrier Bordeaux 2012

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    Wine review by calywa


  • Château Sauman Red Bordeaux Blend Côtes de Bourg 2012

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  • Chateau Sainte Barbe Merlot 2009

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