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

  • Château de Pommard

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

  • Albert Boxler

    Albert Boxler is a 300-year-old family winery in the small town of Niedermorschwihr. The domaine ...

  • Château Saint Christophe

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

  • Château Paul Mas

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

  • 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...

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France on Snooth

  • Domaine "La Garrugue" Cotes du Rhone Cuvee Romaine 2012

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    This was very good - pepper, chocolate, red plum and Bing cherry lead the nose. This is full bodied wine with dark berries, spice and mildly chewy tannins and matching acidity. Well done with a great finish. Drink now - Paul 89 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • St. Cosme Cotes du Rhone 2010

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    Blackberries, blueberries, mocha, pepper, oak, with vanilla around the edges here and there and a succulent earthiness abound round the nose (Sounds cherry doesn't it?). The earthy tones really ride the fruit as the tannins really grip and become a little dense at times. The acidity is good and this is a steal. Would pair well with wild game a... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Domaine de Vauroux Chablis Premier Cru Montee de Tonnerre 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Baron de la Charriere Pommard Premier Cru ' les Grands Epenots " 1997

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/97872 . Pommard is an appellation created in 1937 [ although viticulture here goes back centuries before that ] for red wines from around the village of that name on the Cotes de Beaune in Burgundy. They are regarded as the most masculine ie tannic of Burgundy wine... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • "Stainless steel wasn't even available until the 1960s"Good point ... particularly Leon Guillet of France, prepared alloys that would today be considered stainless steel.[24]Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft built the 366-ton sailing yacht Germania featuring a chrome-nickel steel hull in Germany in 1908.[25] In 1911, Philip Monnartz reported on the... Read More

    Forum post in the topic White Burgundy Question


  • Utter, unmitigated rubbish, not to put too fine a point on it.Chablis has been ... used there as anywhere in France, or the world for that matter. They led the way in educating Californians on the use of oak with chardonnay, way back in the '60s~80s. Of course the Californians ended up going a bit overboard, to put it mildly. Hey, if a little ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic White Burgundy Question


  • I've taken the liberty of posting a portion of Kermit Lynch's most ... ... whole novel in the south of France I would lose my winning reputation for melancholy. Once on the streets of Arles, for instance, I met a very undoglike lassie who was half-French and half-Egyptian. My knees buckled and I had to have two glasses of wine to make my way a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Harrison on a life with wine


  • Domaine de Fontsainte Corbieres Gris de Gris 2015

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    Somewhat chubby fruit aromas of cherry and strawberry in the nose. This is refreshing and zesty in the mouth with more notes of cherry, strawberry and adding watermelon, citrus zest and green apple with a bit of wood on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Chateau Quinault l'Enclos Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2006

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    This bottle of wine was part of a lot I bought from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/85201.Viticulture in the Saint Emilion area goes back to at least Roman times and it is now the largest appellation in the Bordeaux region producing around two and a half million bottles a year.It is also one of the more prestigious appellations.Th... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Hi GREGT,Actually, i am not %100 sure how old it is.. As i write before, ... ... small piece, and send it to France and Italy for analysis..Because of most people ask me, how do i know it is age, i decided to send a sample to university in Turkey for analysis on my own. I already contact with a Proffessor which is president at Departmant of Mo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 1200 years old wine yeast to...


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