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...

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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 De Seguin

    Château de Seguin in Bordeaux is part of the CHRIS-WINE Group. An indenpendent and family owned w...

  • Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

    Patience, know-how, observation, intuition...these are the skills required to make and age our wi...

  • Champagne Demoiselle Vranken

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

  • Château Timberlay

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

  • Lamothe

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

  • Arrogant Frog

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

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France on Snooth

  • Don Pasquale Villa Angeli Rose Corsica 2016


    Its worth calling out the packaging/bottle here which is very unique and striking. Inviting aromas of strawberry and watermelon on the nose. Just the gentlest hint of sweetness on entry makes way for a soft, buoyant and easy drinking wine with delicate notes of strawberry, fresh peach, cranberry and watermelon with a lively but smooth texture, a... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • BLM, look forward to your next report from the trenches (as in trencherman and ... be higher in online shops in France and other parts of Europe. Go figure. Read More

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

  • Domaine du Chene Condrieu 2003


    I bought this bottle of wine from the website for only £1 as I was the only bidder although I also had to pay a delivery charge.Condrieu is a small but prestigious appellation created in 1940,although wine production here goes back to before the Romans,for white wines made of the viognier grape from 7 co... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Gaston Chiquet Brut Rosé Premier Cru Sparkling Wine Champagne


    No written review

    Wine review by watkinsanna

  • Domaine Louis Carillon Puligny Montrachet les Champs Canet 2009


    Very nice Read More

    Wine review by jave

  • Francois Arnaud Grande Reserve Cote Rotie 2006


    I bought three bottles of this wine from the website Rotie is an appellation created in 1940,although viticulture here goes back to at least the Romans,for red wines from three communes on the west bank of the Rhone river about 20 miles south of Lyon. The name roughly translates as 'roasted slope' a... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Guigal Cotes Rouge 2010


    When I drink this wine can i feel my first hangover Read More

    Wine review by jave

  • Paul, Chateau Martillac out of Graves is one I like as well. My experience is with the red however Bordeaux Blanc is pretty ilunderrated across the board. Read More

    Forum post in the topic The France Show

  • Chateau Belvue Bordeaux France 'Cuvee L' Emotion' 2015


    while not a "cru" this Bordeaux proved to be lithe and supple while complex and distinct. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Domaine de Castelnau 'La Font du Loup' Pays d'Oc France Rose' 2016


    a pleasant and unassuming rose which would prove perfect for a novice. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

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