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...

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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

  • 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...

  • Moët & Chandon

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

  • Arrogant Frog

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

  • 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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  • Chateau Grande Cassagne Costieres de Nimes Rose 2013


    Delicious, beautiful summer wine... Read More

    Wine review by amunderwood

  • Mas de Boislauzon Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2008


    Strong and powerful with a strong aftertaste of meat Read More

    Wine review by ckdemarco

  • Bourgogne Passetoutgrain Philippe Jouan 2011


    I bought this bottle of wine from a wine merchant in Sussex [ ] for £10,80.The Bourgogne Passetoutgrain got AOC status in 1937 and is for red and rose wines produced anywhere in the Burgundy region from a blend of at least 1/3rd pinot noir plus gamay [although up to 15% of the white grapes chardonnay,pinot blanc and pinot gr... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Joseph Perrier Champagne Blend Champagne Cuvée Royále 2002


    This Joseph Perrier Vintage Brut from the acclaimed 2002 vendage is a bargain; there is a somewhat toastier brioche character on the nose (than the NV) with caramelized sugar and vanilla on the palate. The finish is long and satisfying - calling for more and more refills. Continuous effervescence for 10 minutes and more. Buy these up if you can... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Les Cailloux Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil 2014


    This young and juicy wine is much more dense and fruit-forward than recent years (which had poor harvest results in most cases) and quite drinkable now. Café-style Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil at its best - bursting with cherries on the nose - almost like Nouveau. Rich berry flavours on entry - especially blueberry (bleuet) that explode but finis... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Chateau Laribiere Bordeaux 2000


    This bottle of wine was part of a lot I bought on the website is a simple Bordeaux AOC from Chateau Laribiere. I do not know the exact cepagement but I presume it to be a blend of merlot and one or both of the cabernets. I started it the other evening with my supper of chicken breast. There is some bla... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • La Chablisienne Sauvignon de St.-Bris 2014


    For around $10 this is near the top of the QPR list. Plenty of citrus flavors, lemon, just a bit of white grapefruit, green melon, decent acidity and maybe even a hint of basil on the medium length finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Domaine de Fontenille Côtes du Luberon 2010


    Earthy! Read More

    Wine review by jillpickle

  • Chateau Fonfroide Bordeaux 2013


    Someone brought this over to have with dinner. Not a bad wine but it is forgettable. Read More

    Wine review by anstett

  • Years later in this chain.... Anyone know about the 1971 ... - Fort - Medoc - Gironde - France  Read More

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