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

  • Champagne Demoiselle Vranken

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

  • Château De Seguin

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

  • Château Franc Cardinal

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

  • Arrogant Frog

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

  • Cordier

    United since the merger of two century-old trading houses, Cordier and Mestrezat.The Cordier Mest...

  • Michel Picard

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

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France on Snooth

  • Frank Phelan Saint-Estephe 2011

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    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

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    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

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    No written review

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Nuiton-Beaunoy Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2013

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    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

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    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


  • Chateau Carbonnieux Pessac Leognan Blanc 2014

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    The 2014 edition of the well-respected Chateau Carbonnieux has grassy, gooseberry elements on the nose with a refreshingly tart, spicy white fruit and garden flower finish (ever eaten a white flower?). Perfect white Graves, in other words. This wine will age further, but is fine now. 91. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau Puy Blanquet St. Emilion 2014

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    The 2014 Puy-Blanquet St.-Emilion is a nice affordable Merlot based red with cherry, cedar and a hint of raw chocolate on the palate. Worth picking up at the price. 89. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Pouilly-Sur-Loire Giles Chollet 2013

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £12 from the website www.winesensations.co.uk. Pouilly-sur-Loire is an appellation created in 1939,although there has been viticulture here since at least the Romans,for white wines made of the chasselas grape from 7 communes on the east bank of the river Loire around the small town of that name.This is the same ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine de Bellevue Saint-Pourcain 2013

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from the website ... almost in the centre of France about 15 miles north of the City of Vichy.My bottle comes from a small family owned concern and is a.blend of pinot noir and gamay though I do not know in what proportions.I started my bottle last night with my pork chop supper.It is a wine with plenty of a... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


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