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

  • Champagne Demoiselle Vranken

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

  • Château Paul Mas

    For over 170 years, González Byass has committed itself to research and quality for its range of ...

  • Château Timberlay

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

  • Arrogant Frog

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

  • Château de Pommard

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

  • Cordier

    United since the merger of two century-old trading houses, Cordier and Mestrezat.The Cordier Mest...

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France on Snooth

  • Tonight we met with our Fidelity financial advisor to discuss our 'green ... ... the Rose from Provence, France, while Sandra chose the red Italian wine from Tuscany.  Both were quite nice.  EM - I wonder if the yearly red blend is a factor of what extra grapes are on hand?Duncan 906 - A weekend in France, riding a motorcycle too?  Sounds gre... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Well, 2005 was a good or great year in many parts of the world so that was a ... north and South and much of France, 2005 was a great vintage. Pretty good in Germany, Austria, and much of Italy too, as well as CA and WA. So 2005s from Rioja and Ribera del Duero should outlast us.And I've just convinced myself what to open tonigh Read More

    Forum post in the topic German Wine Law


  • Chateau de Puligny-Montrachet St. Aubin Premier Remilly 2011

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    Had the 2010 last night at Restaurant Angele inNapa.We felt it was a superb example of a Cotesde Beaune. Great minerality, great nose,excellentbalance. Reminded me of some wonderful PulignyMontrachets we've had in the past. Read More

    Wine review by coleman rosenberg


  • Domaine Meo-Camuzet Bourgogne 2011

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    a garden variety burgogne definitely 2X overpriced. Rather smooth, but uniformly sour, not a hint of anything better than your everyday pinot noir Read More

    Wine review by zradical


  • Millet Francois Sancerre 2014

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    Decent enough but not great Sancerre. On the nose there are subtle hints of grapefruit and lemon. On the palate is grapefruit with more of the lemon, lemon cream, a touch of salinity and a bit of metallic astringency. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Mas de Bicary Gaillac 2001

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    I bought this bottle on-line from www.confitdirect.co.uk for £10 Gaillac is an ... grape grown in south-west France ] and duras [which is only grown in the upper Tarn valley and has no connection to the Cotes de Duras AOC]. I do not know the proportions of these grapes in the blend.I started my bottle last night with my supper of roast pork a... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • De Cazanove Brut Rose NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by CageyT


  • Château Graville-Lacoste Graves White 2011

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    Love the long smooth refreshing finish. Perfect summertime wine. Read More

    Wine review by miata5


  • Chateau la Roche Bazin Cote de Bordeaux Blaye 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by gntop1


  • I returned yesterday from a long weekend break in France where I shared three bottles of wine with my friends in the hotel at the evening mealsClos Roussely Canaille Loire Gamay [2013]La Gourmandiere Touraine cot [2010]Vieilles Vignes Chinon Tradition Phillippe Pain Domaine de la Commandierie [2010] It was a lovely trip with lots to see and ther... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


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