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...

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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

  • Château Timberlay

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

  • Moët & Chandon

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

  • Château de Pommard

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

  • Château Saint Christophe

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

  • 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...

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France on Snooth

  • Also looking good was this earlier circular from Chambers Street. Oregon ... to the land. I spend time in France every year visiting winemakers who take great pride in their land and this felt no different. If you ask John Paul how he approaches farming and winemaking, he'll tell you the same. Since he started Cameron winery in 1984, he has be... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Good pinot noir in the $30...


  • Chateau Cinc-Hilhs Cotes de Bordeaux Saint-Macaire 2011

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine for £6 from a shop in London [www.thesampler.co.uk].Cotes de Bordeaux Saint-Macaire is a tiny appellation [only 65 hectares under vine] originally created in 1937,although there has been viticulture here for centuries,for white wines [dry and sweet] from 10 communes around the small medieval town of Saint-Macaire.Thi... Read More

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  • And yes, I tried the Sancerre with nachos.  That makes two glasses for double the pleasure.  It pairs well, I might add. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Ever-Changing Value Wines -...


  • Ok, I opened the Les Chailloux Sancerre bottle for lunch (charcuterie).  It is very good, even with salami.  I would recommend this bottle. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Ever-Changing Value Wines -...


  • Afraid this is getting messy so will start some more focused threads of their own. And $30 dollars isn't necessarily on the cheap end for sauvignon blanc. You can still frequently find very pleasantly drinkable Entres-Deux-Mers, for example, at under $15. Had suggested the $30 rather than $20 limit specifically for pinot noir which, unfortunatel... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Ever-Changing Value Wines -...


  • And even pinot noir, some that's fairly interesting. And a lot cheaper than Burgundy...Al, the Loire, and each of its grapes, deserves its/their own threads. I take it the effort to chase down any more cheap-but-good PN is kaput.... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Ever-Changing Value Wines -...


  • Emark is right - it's a great source of decently-priced varieties. It's the home of SB and one of the only places that actually does it right IMHO. Also Chenin Blanc and it's a great source of sweet wines as well. But the reds are an acquired taste if you're not used to Gamay, Malbec, and Cab Franc that's lean and acidic. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Ever-Changing Value Wines -...


  • I am easily manipulated into revising this thread, but I wasn't seeing much action regarding cheap Pinot Noir, so I moved on.  Perhaps after a week or so we can refocus on the Pinot's from a certain region....but I would like to see some more examples of the Sancerre region if possible. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Ever-Changing Value Wines -...


  • Loire Valley is a treasure of well-priced wines.  SBs from Sancerre or Pouilly-Fume rarely disappoint.  I don't think I have any in inventory right now, but they are fairly easy to pick up.  I know we have a Trader Joe's visit in our near term future.  Trader Joe's  rarely sells the absolute top-of-the-line wines, but what they do sell is fairly... Read More

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  • EM, sounds like a Trader Joe's trip in your near future, and I need to open the above Sancere bottle within the next few days.  I wonder if I can pair it with nachos? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Ever-Changing Value Wines -...


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