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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 Timberlay

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

  • Albert Bichot

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

  • Château De Seguin

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

  • 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...

  • Château de Pommard

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

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France on Snooth

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    Forum post in the topic It seems I am off to France


  • Louis Jadot Combe Aux Jacques Beaujoulais Villages 2013

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in Kent. [www.dickenshousewines.co.uk ] for £11.50. The Beaujolais appellation was created in 1936 for red,rose and white wines from 96 communes between the towns of Macon and Lyon. Wine from 39 of trhese communes,mainly in the north,,is allowed to be called Beaujolais Villages.My bottle is a red wine and... Read More

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  • DMC- Yes the Pinot is grown litter ally outside the window not by the auberege proprietors but by a neighbor. Turns out I had a gps in my car surprised because they asked me and I said no. I think basically all the cars have it and they can't turn it off so easily.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic It seems I am off to France


  • Well, BLM, you're probably drinking better than any of the rest of us on the boards right at this moment. Though I may have cursed your road trip talking about Geneva's months-long sock-ins since your photos seem to show overcast. ;-(How did you end up choosing Pommard over any of the other options? And was that a Montrachet/Meursault horizontal... Read More

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  • Getting ready to go: Read More

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  • PS  La Rose Noire was a 2012, a great year for the area. 2013 is not going to be as good I am told. Did not taste it yet.  Read More

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  • DMC- the scarecrow just blows in the wind and has a kite-like tail. There were 3 of them about 20 yds apart and just in one area. Never saw that before. And the grapes are ready it seems. I tasted them. Read More

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  • Oh yeah; let's see how accurate your map app is over there! But 2 and 1/2 ... at the first high rise into France with an appropriate roadhouse. November through February can be pretty dreary with all those clouds trapped in the lake's basin. This may have something to do with parts of Calvinist philosophy...  ;-(I'm guessing La Rose Noire's pr... Read More

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  • Dinner at one of my fav country places. One of my favorite wines. La Rose Noire. Local Pinot. I had the lamb (again!) and two servings!  Read More

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