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

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • 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

  • Alexis Lichine

    Alexis Lichine was a Russian-born wine writer and entrepreneur, who made many important contrib...

  • Moët & Chandon

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

  • Château Saint Christophe

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

  • Lamothe

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

  • Château Paul Mas

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

  • Michel Picard

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

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France on Snooth

  • Joseph Drouhin Joseph Drouhin Saint-Veran 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by Bobby Stardust


  • Kuhlmann-Platz Gewurztraminer 2015

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    Another off-dry selection from the Kuhlmann-Platz label (bottled by a Hunawihr cooperative). The wine is quite juicy with anise, lychee and pear notes on the palate and a slight whiff of rose petal on the nose. Good compliment to oriental fare and would probably please on the patio. Seems flabbier than the 2014, but easy drinking and true to ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Chateau de Thauvenay Sancerre 2014

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    Something of a stony/minerally nose. Very light-bodied. Very crisp and tartof lemon and, maybe, peach. Some grassiness and some stoniness. If you are OK with the tartness, it is a good summer sipping wine, and, certainly, inexpensive. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Chateau Laroze-Bayard Montagne Saint Emilion 1998

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    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/85406.It is from Montagne Saint Emilion,the largest of the satelite Saint Emilion appellations,the area around the village of Montagne,about 4 miles north of Saint Emilion itself.I have not been able to discover much about this wine or the winery but I am gu... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine Louis Boillot et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 2011

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    This nicely acidic Gevrey-Chambertin, that famous magnet of wine tourists south of Dijon, is very quaffable and age-worthy. The strawberry nose is flecked with grassy notes and the entry does pucker the lips, but this indicates a fairly lengthy age-worthiness. Decent French Burgundy from a famous appellation. 88 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Prestige du President 2012

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    Has the best of Italian character with French temperament. This wine opens nicely, so open it several hours before drinking. Nice with nibbles or a meal, or on its own. Long orchard fruit finish--the nose is a bit Merlot like (which I thought odd). It us a lush wine but not sticky or plummy (which I dislike). 50 % Niellucciu grapes which are ev... Read More

    Wine review by heartoglass


  • I'll provide the answer just for Q.2 right now: New Testament, Luke ... ... Way back then in southern France in the locale of many great present vineyards there were one-ton bears running around at top speed on their hind legs, an unattractive fact."Hint: Also famous author who had movies produced form his work, but of a generation earlier tha... Read More

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  • Louis Latour Domaine de Valmoissine Pinot Nior France 2013

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    a very bold and pleasant vibrant pinot noir. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Cave de Tain St. Péray 2013

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London [www.nicolas.co.uk ] for £10.Saint Peray is a small appellation [the whole appellation only has 58 hectares under vine ] created in 1936 for still and sparkling wines from the two communes of Saint Peray and Toulard on the west bank of the northern Rhone valley made from a blend of the roussanne... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Pfaff Pinot Gris Tradition 2013

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    The Pfaff Pinot Gris is a worthy quaff - especially if you are eating shellfish or light meat entrees. It is off-dry, with an apricot nose and slightly confit-oriented apricot-peach flavour dominating the entry. Good summer sipper that won a gold medal in 2014. 86 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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