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

  • Lamothe

    We had this wine while in the Bahamas and loved it. Would like to know where we can purchase it...

  • Château De Seguin

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

  • Château Saint Christophe

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

  • Albert Boxler

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

  • Michel Picard

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

  • Moët & Chandon

      Moet & Chandon is one of the most well-known luxury champagne producers in the word. Wi...

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France on Snooth

  • Iam fairly new to french wine. I am looking to start expanding my french wine knowledge. I would love any suggestions.

    Comment by 7964231francophile 796423 1francophile


  • EM- your post is "right on". What is a "French" restaurant ... ... eat my French dinners in France, thank you. Flour tortillas are my choice for fish tacos.There are very few acceptable Mexican restaurants in Boston. I can only get my fix if I travel to Chicago  (far west suburbs of Aurora), or southern C Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Wow, I can identify with that! I was in Berkeley in 1973-4, moved to Southern ... ... California, then off to France in 1980. My first vivid memory of the Berkeley culture was coming out of Kips at closing and seeing a troupe of black-cloaked residents marching in step carrying a casket down Telegraph Ave. You may want to try this LP if you h... Read More

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  • Wow you guys are really drinking "everyday wine" way beyond mine ... ... (except maybe when I am in France). I bought a bottle of 2014 Trapiche Malbec- cheap- $15 class don't remember exact price. Big nose and burst of flavor with a weak finish. Paired with venison that was braised in the wine. I think it produced some great flavor Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Moulin de Gassac Guilhem 2015

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    Wine Sellers of Saugatuck, 8/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Cabernet Sauvgnon Moulin de Gassac 2015

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    Wine Sellers of Saugatuck, 8/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • This is the thread that brought me to ... in the 1980s I was living in France and there were 11FF per US $. Dom Perignon cost 100 FF. Sabering is a recent hobby of mine, so I did it just because I could and it was fun. The Grande Dame was great in the old days and my wife at the time worked for VCP so bottles were a plenty.Damn you are right, t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Drinking old champagne


  • Antoine  Branco (Bernisse) Wine list to be soldWine name and vintageWine ... ... 1,176Bordeaux City Bond (France)Cos d'Estournel 2006 - Saint-EstèpheRed12                     129.11                         1,549Bordeaux City Bond (France)Château Léoville Poyferré 2008 - Saint-JulienRed12                       77.10                             ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Some Fine Bordeaux wine to be...


  • Chateau la Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Grenache Blend 2007

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    Great 4 stars Read More

    Wine review by chodge


  • I've never had a stateside carignan - Chile and France though.  Like it with food a lot.  Great buy and one for my notebook. Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Château Poujeaux Moulis En Médoc Moulis 2010

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    So, the 2010 Poujeaux was expected to mature a tad earlier - say 2015-2018, so, gave it a go... there is some wood on the palate dominated by black fruit (cassis, blackberry) with a hint of angostura bitters on the finish (wood again perhaps). At 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine has some backbone. Great now, but could last another 5-10 years. ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Just found out my 90 yr old mil would love to have a bottle of Chassagne-Montrachet as her father was originally from France and she thinks there might be a connection to the wineries. I would like to get a nice bottle for her (approx. $40 - 50). Am in the 21222 zipcode and can't find anything near me.

    Comment by 1429001Sharyn Jenkins 1429001 Sharyn Jenkins


  • where in the uk can we obtain clos siguier, a malbec?

    Comment by 983342mitmann 983342 mitmann


  • OMG. Thats where wine comes from. Huge varienty and quality to go around and around. My favorite wines come from France. Yay!

    Comment by 936723WineauxSlave 936723 WineauxSlave


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  • appellation-a-vent Stuart Imports Chateau Des Jaque J Thorin 1959 Magnum

    Comment by 744135Lila Meyers 744135 Lila Meyers


  • Just had a bottle of Chateau Des Gravies 1999 with dinner at Christmas Eve. It was fantastic, well balanced and great finish.

    Comment by 696084Rkato 696084 Rkato


  • Let’s face it, this is may be the most intimidating problem facing a prospective wine buyer, either at a restaurant, wine store or wine auction. You probably don’t remember French pronunciation, but if you are lucky you may have some other Romantic language under your belt. Here is a list of some basic terms and their pronunciation: * Amon...

    Comment by 629309MadBistro 629309 MadBistro


  • "Ridiculously cheap" yet "drinkable" - how often do you find those phrases together in connection with French wine? See them dance together on the Sediment blog at www.sedimentblog.com

    Comment by 546548Sedimentblog 546548 Sedimentblog


  • Love France - love French wine!

    Comment by 345074Sweetie22 345074 Sweetie22


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