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

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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...

  • Albert Boxler

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

  • 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...

  • Michel Picard

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

  • Alexis Lichine

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

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France on Snooth

  • $75 per bottle! The last Madiran I had   Domaine Poujo ... only ... only £8 at the London France Show last year direct from the Domaine owner and it was a lovely bottle of wine.  For the price you paid I would expect fireworks and dancing girls as wel Read More

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  • Fayard Domaine de Fondreche Ventoux 2012

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    One must be careful when buying a burgundy and not mistake it for a Rhone wine. this is a Rhone wine and a great blend and done well to the last drop. but it is not a burgundy. know your wine when buying.. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Barathym de la Garigue d'Aumelas 2014

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Kensington for £9.90.It ... appellation in the south of France. Languedoc is a very large area stretching from the Rhone delta to the Spanish border which got AOC status in the 1980's although viticulture here goes back to before the Romans. Languedoc is responsible for about a third of Fran... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chambertin Grand Cru Domaine Armand Rousseau Bottle 2005

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    Wine review by Teppo


  • Chablis les Clos Rene et Vincent Dauvissat 2008

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    Wine review by Teppo


  • Domaine du Lauzie Fitou 2009

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • I started a bottle of Mas Gabinele Faugeres that I bought at January's London France Show for £10 and it was just gorgeous. I have now discovered that in 2014 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate gave this 94 points and I reckon it deserved them. Read More

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  • Mas Gabinele Faugeres 2013

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a stand at The London France Show back in January for £10. Faugeres is an appellation for red,white and rose wines from the area around the village of that name about 10 miles north of the town of Beziers.Before 1982 it was a part of the Coteaux de Languedoc AOC.My bottle is made from a blend of 40% syrah,30% gr... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Navan Cognac Vanilla'

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    Unfortunately, Navan is no longer available in the U.S. except through private auction. But, we have a great substitute for Navan. It's called Artez Arvani and is an Armagnac in which full Madagascar vanilla beans have steeped. It's a little less sweetened than Navan however, which is actually good for the cocktails. Check us out, www.heavenlysp... Read More

    Wine review by Ndolin


  • Clement et Florian Berthier Sancerre Vieilles Vignes Sur Silex 2013

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    The Sancerre wine district is a small area which surrounds the Loire Valley in Central France. Sancerre wines are famous for their crisp, fragrant white wines made from the Sauvignon Blanc grape. The Clement et Florian Berthier Sancerre has the classic sharp Sauvignon Blanc initial aroma but little in the way of fragrance. It is vibrantly pep... Read More

    Wine review by 40somethinglife


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