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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Master of Wine. Wine judge+public speaker. Journalist for Snooth+Decanter+TimAtkin.com+Beverage Media+SOMM Journal+Civiltà del Bere+others. Short-listed for the 2014 Roederer Online Communicator of the Year Award. Incorrigible traveler!

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Varietals Produced in France View all

  • Merlot

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • 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...

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

  • 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...

  • Albert Bichot

    From !#%0, the Bichot family was established in Burgundy, with a deer as a symbol. is is only in ...

  • Château de Pommard

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

  • Lamothe

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

  • Château Timberlay

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

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France on Snooth

  • Chateau Haut-Beychevelle Gloria Saint-Julien 1994

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    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/80826 website My bottle had obviously been well cellared because it was covered in dust but the level was well into the neck.Saint-Julien is an AOC created in 1936 for red wines from around the village of Beychevelle on the east coast of the Medoc peninsular some 20... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • J. Vidal-Fleury Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2012

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    A light viognier that is citrusy wih a touch of green apple. The finish is long and oaky. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Chateau de Rochemorin Pessac-Leognan 2009

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    This wine is great for the price. The blend and its young grapes allows the wine to be both elegant, fruit forward, and spicy. On the nose, there's lush dark and overripe berries, cardamon, and earth. The pallet is super soft and reflects the nose with the addition of soft ancho chili and sage. Would be great with venison or lamb. Read More

    Wine review by jackandterah


  • Paul Jaboulet Aine Cotes du Rhone Rose Parallele 45 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by Stripeyspots


  • Jovly Vouvray Chenin Blanc 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by stachlaw


  • Bourgogne Rouge VV Perrot-Minot 2009

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from the www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/80791.Domaine Perrot-Minot is a family concern going back to the 19th century where Christophe Perrot-Minot took over in 1993.There are 36 acres spread over 19 appellations. This bottle is his basic Bourgogne made from old pinot noir vines and aged in oak barrels.I ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Daniel Bouland Chiroubles 2009

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    Fabulous! Read More

    Wine review by Jazzsinger


  • Daniel Bouland Chiroubles 2009

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    This wine was Fantastic!!I am searching for 2 bottles...and can't seem to find one.Heartbroken. Read More

    Wine review by Jazzsinger


  • Chateau Moulin Haut Villars Fronsac 1995

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £15 from a merchant in Sussex who had got it from a house clearance.It was in perfect and unmarked condition for a 20 year old bottle with the level high in the neck so it had clearly been well cellared.Fronsac is an AOC created in 1936 for red and rose wines from the commune and village of that name west of the ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Apremont Savoie Jean Perrier et Fils 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


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