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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • 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

      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 Saint Christophe

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

  • Lamothe

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

  • 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...

  • Alexis Lichine

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

  • Château Timberlay

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

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France on Snooth

  • Chateau Ferriere Margaux 1999

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/104037 for £19. Margaux is an appellation created in 1938,although there has been viticulture here since the Romans,for red wines from 5 communes around the village of that name on the eastern side of the Medoc peninsular about 15 miles north of the City of Bordeaux... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • I like a good viognier and have been drinking them for quite awhile now. I like ... ... that the best ones from France are priced accordingly - worth it - don't know haven't bought a really expensive one in years now.As wine making continues to improve the mid-price offerings have improved dramatically so generally speaking I stay there.Good t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Viognier


  • One of my few discoveries this year has been CA Viognier of all things.As per ... for the wines of Condrieu in France, and a helpful Jancis Robinson article came up, where she gives a nice run down of the grape. She asserts that dry Viognier is not a good bet for aging past a few years...I seem to agree with her findings, to the extent of my e... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Viognier


  • Chateau Fontenil 2010

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    The 2010 Fontenil is an elegant wine with a nose of blackberry confit or jam; the entry is soft, with pencil lead (graphite),soft tannin, and brambleberry dominant. There are woody notes on the finish not entirely sourced to oak conditioning, so we stop short at 89. Ready to roll. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Domaine Gaston & Pierre Ravaut Ladoix Blanc 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Domaine-Sarrail Cabernet Franc 2014

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    Produce Station, Ann Arbor, 4/2017. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Albert Mann Pinot Blanc Alsace Aoc Pinot Blanc Auxerrois 2014

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    Tropical fruits on the nose with high but not biting acid and a long delicate finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Domaine Zinck Cremant d'Alsace Brut Rose

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    Pleasantly herbal strawberry, cherry and cranberry aromas, clean and light. Creamy vanilla and strawberry notes with a fresh and lively cranberry note, zesty acidity and a toasty yeast note towards the finish with an earthy and herbal finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Camille Braun Brut Rose Cremant d'Alsace NV

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    Cherry, strawberry and watermelon notes with a bit of smoke. Tart, creamy on the palate with a biscuity note - cranberry and cherry notes with a tart citrus, some nuttiness on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Domaine de la Désoucherie Cheverny 2015

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Kensington [www.nicolas.com ] Cheverny is an appellation created in 1993 [although viticulture here goes back centuries] for red,rose,white and sparkling wines [though most are white ] from 24 communes between the Loire and Cher rivers south of the town of Blois.Domaine de la Desoucherie is a ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


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