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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Christy Canterbury MW

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

  • Michel Picard

    Picard Père et Fils is one of the largest wine producers and négociants in Burgundy and, with nea...

  • Château de Pommard

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

  • Château Timberlay

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

  • Château De Seguin

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

  • Albert Bichot

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

  • 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

  • Montlobre Terre du Soleil Merlot Vin de Pays d'Oc 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • Pierre Gruber Macon-Villages 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by boykinjw


  • Stand by my statement, OT, especially after the dozen or more different ... ... your posts) did you have in France, Al? Some of them would've been eye-opening, I'm sure. I'm guessing OT was asking about more writeups, too, not just photo Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Sandra is a keeper Al. You should let her choose the wine more often.On a ... ... like that from your trip to Franc Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • La Cave d'Augustin Florent Monbazillac 2010

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    Golden color. Short lived hints of tropical fruits. Unbalanced and short aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Chateau Lamothe Bergeron Cru Bourgeois 2006

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    Ruby and terracota color. Well balanced wine with hints of tobacco leaves. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Chateau Clos Bourbon Cuvee la Rose Bourbon Cadillac Cotes de Bordeaux 2012

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Chelsea [www.hhandc.co.uk ] for £10. Chateau Clos Borbon is an 18th century estate named after the French Royal family and surrounded by a medieval stone wall that was bought by the Boyer family in 1994. It is in the Cadillac Cotes de Bordeaux appellation, an AOC created in 2009 for the red w... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Arbois Savagnin Frederic Lornet 2010

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    I bought this boittle of wine from a mail-order [well internet ] company ... ... from the Jura wine region of France,a part of Franche-Comte between Burgundy and the Swiss border in the foothills of the Alps.The Arbois AOC was created in 1936 [although wine has been made in the region since at least medieval times]for wines from around the sma... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Darnault Benjamin Minervois 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • L'Apogee de Chateau Fillon 2009

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    The best wine I've had in a long time. A perfect example of Bordeaux's unmistakable terroir. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


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