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

  • Lamothe

    We had this wine while in the Bahamas and loved it. Would like to know where we can purchase it...

  • Champagne Demoiselle Vranken

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

  • Château de Pommard

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

  • Alexis Lichine

    Alexis Lichine was a Russian-born wine writer and entrepreneur, who made many important contrib...

  • Michel Picard

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

  • Moët & Chandon

      Moet & Chandon is one of the most well-known luxury champagne producers in the word. Wi...

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France on Snooth

  • Château Ramage la Batisse Cru Bourgeois Haut-Medoc 1993

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    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/104384.Haut-Medoc is an appellation set up in 1936 for red wines produced in 15 communes on the eastern side of the Medoc peninsular stretching nearly 40 miles north of the City of Bordeaux itself.Winemaking really got started here at the end of the 17th cen... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • La Vieille Ferme Vin de France Blanc 2015

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    Loads of fruit and floral notes on the nose. On the palate it is a bit mundane. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Chateau Queyssard Cotes de Bordeaux France 'Grand Vin' 2012

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    not a bad wine if you are not a connoisseur: this wine was vatted in steel barrels? from where I sit, a french wine should be spoiling in oak and that was exactly was was missing from this wine. It tasted too much like a "modern" wine. time in the oak would have given it the class that it needed. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Marjevol Coteaux Bourguignons Groubier Pere et Fils 2014

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the Groubier Pere et Fils stand at the 2017 London France Show.They described themselves as 'caviste et viticulteur' but I have not discovered much other information about them.Coteaux Bourguignons is an appellation created in 2011 for red,white,rose and sparkling wines from 4 departments covering the whole of t... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Simard Saint-Emilion 2005

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    Had this at lunch the other day at Marcello's Chophouse. They have it by the Glass in the Cruvinet. Though very nice, seemed like it was not quite there yet.Still could do with a few more years. Dark opaque Ruby. Loads of earth, herbs, and roasted stewed fruit, Black Cherry Cassis, Earthy Plum and Milk Chocolate. As it sits in the glass, continu... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2006

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    it's everything I like about Champagne! very fine beads that tantalises the tastebuds and not overwhelming, nose of summer flowers; fruity and buttery, slight sweetness, yet so soothing... Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Domaines Paul Mas Martinolles Chardonnay Pays d'Oc 2016

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    sweet, fruit forward nose; grassy and herby Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Lgi-Wine Haute Lige Chardonnay-Viognier Pays d'Oc 2016

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    light with sweet nose; slightly sweet and rich Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Château Leoville Poyferre St. Julien 2003

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    nose of rich dark fruits; oaky, plummy, floral bouquet, very long finish. develops well, and still seductive! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Domaine Robert Guillemard Pommard 1996

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    heavily herbed, grassy nose; savoury, spicy, and yet develops a floral bouquet as the wine develops Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


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