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

  • 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...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • 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...

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

    Bourgogne is perhaps the most complex and intimidating of French wine regions.    It enjoys...

  • 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

  • Michel Picard

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

  • Cordier

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

  • Champagne Demoiselle Vranken

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

  • Alexis Lichine

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

  • 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 ...

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France on Snooth

  • Domaines Barons de Rothschild Legende Saint Emilion 2014

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    Austere and concentrated black currant and fog aromas with savory pepper and cedar box spice on the nose. Attractive blackberry and black cherry fruit with sticky tannins and dark plum on the palate, a bit herbal with pronounced earth notes on the finish, a touch of black olive and dark chocolate with good length. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Domaines Barons de Rothschild Legende Medoc 2015

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    Mellow aromas of prune, earth and blackberry on the nose. Tart plum and black currant on the palate with loads of dusty, dry earth, light olive and dark chocolate with a finish of chewy tannins and earthy blackberry. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Nuits-Saint-Georges 'En la Perriere Noblot' Domaine Machard de Gramont 2015

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £25 from the website www.houseoftownend.com. Nuits-Saint-Georges is an appellation created in 1936,although there has been viticulture here since at least the Romans,for both red and white wines made of pinot noir and chardonnay respectively [though most are red] from the two communes of Nuits-Saint-Georges and P... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • I'm loving the Syrah wines right now, but I still look for the ones coming ... the best Syrah wines?  France, USA, Australi Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Greetings,I'm an Arizona transplant from Ohio.  I am American of ... ... of ... like Rose wines from France especially those with Grapefruit.  So fare Ruby Red Rose Grapefruit is my favorite.  It comes Côtes de Provence·France.I am looking for something similar.  I also like Mead wines, just started drinking these but they have been very good... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Henri Bourgeois Sancerre les Bonnes Bouches 2015

    Snoothrank:

    Pared well with my collard greens with hot sauce last night. OK wine but not special. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Baron Philippe de Rothschild Cadet d'Oc Chardonnay Pays d'Oc 2009

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    very good Read More

    Wine review by cane


  • Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet les Folatières Premiere Cru 2007

    Snoothrank:

    good Read More

    Wine review by cane


  • Château la Garelle Puits Razat Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2014

    Snoothrank:

    I got given this bottle of wine at Christmas and I have no idea where my benefactor got it from or any monies paid.Viticulture in the Saint Emilion area goes back to at least Roman times and got appellation status for red wines in 1936.My bottle comes from a small concern and consists of 75% merlot,15% cabernet sauvignon and 10% cabernet franc a... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Belle Cure Bordeaux France Merlot Blend 2015

    Snoothrank:

    Here's the thing: while I enjoy Bordeaux's in the Oak the trend to age these wines in the steel/cement seems to have merit by the way this wine is fresh, exciting and pleasant. I will be more inclined to imbibe more often on the latter. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


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