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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

Subregions of France

  • Alsace

    This region, wedged between the Rhine River and the Voges Mountains, is the product of a fascin...

  • 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...

  • South West France

    South West France, or Sud Ouest, is a large expanse that covers several districts within the co...

  • Aquitaine and Charentes

  • Armagnac

      Armagnac is a grape brandy that is produced in the Gascony region of France. It’s the olde...

  • Auvergne

Popular Wineries in France View all

  • Château Saint Christophe

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

  • Château De Seguin

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

  • Château Timberlay

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

  • Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

    Patience, know-how, observation, intuition...these are the skills required to make and age our wi...

  • Château Paul Mas

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

  • Albert Boxler

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

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France on Snooth

  • Also sideways in Chrome and Safari.  ViVino: have liked their CdR ... about great wine value in France for that price, where it's far too hard to find same in CA (see the Zinfandel for a Beginner thread).   ; Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • "As far as whether you can get better values in France or CA, the weird thing is, I think it's still France."VinoVino just provided a good example with a Domaine de Janesse CdR over in OT's 'Whatcha Drinkin' thread.So Greg, what's your guess why that is? I have my theories, but would like to hear yours before throwing them out and pre-determinin... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zinfandel for a Beginner


  • Yep. It would be really interesting to see some kind of notification when the ... you can get better values in France or CA, the weird thing is, I think it's still France. In CA you have Screaming Eagle, Harlan, Bryant, Shraeder, Shafer and SQN. In France, any one of the first growths puts out more wine than all those CA wineries together. And... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zinfandel for a Beginner


  • Domaine de la Janasse le Chastelet Cotes du Rhone 2012

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    Absolutely fantastic Cotes du Rhone red blend from Domaine Janasse. Perfume on the nose, layers of tangy black and creamy blue berries, sharp and crisp acidity, a touch of black pepper on the back end. This was a steal when we were in Provence at the winery - 9.5 euros! Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Jean-Luc Colombo Côtes du Rhône White les Abeilles 2011

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    Pretty golden color. Faint and pleasant tropical fruit aromas. Quite light-bodied on the palatealmost watery. Not the fruit that the aromas forecasted. A bit of bitterness. As the wine warms up a bit, though, some more fruit flavor emergesapple as much as anything. Also, viscosity seems to change. An OK wine, but not a great wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Perrin & Fils Cotes du Rhone Reserve Blanc 2012

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    There's something just a bit off with this white Rhone blend. A touch of mustiness (TCA?) on the mid-palate with muted white stone fruit and medium acidity. Not bad but not good either. Expected better from the Perrin Family, the 2011 was much better. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Anne de Laweis Aslsace Chasselas Vieilles Vignes 2011

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    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine Lafage Bastide Miraflors 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • Chartron la Fleur Bordeaux Merlot Cabernet 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • Chateau la Graviere Entre Deux Mars Bordeuax 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by MrRiesling


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