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

  • Albert Bichot

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

  • Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

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

  • Château de Pommard

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

  • Cordier

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

  • 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...

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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


  • Last night was a fried fish dinner; drank a 2014 Grangette Picpoul de Pinet, ... ... still some values in France.  Tonight we'll spatchcock a chicken and grill it, so we'll probably drink a spicy red.  Maybe a CdP, since I hope to winnow those down, maybe a Zin if I can find something in the RRV style, instead of DCV.&nbs Read More

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  • Domaine Faiveley Nuits-St.-Georges Premier Cru les Porets St Georges 2013

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    purplish maroon sheen, nose that develops quickly from spicy and subdued to grand fruite, rich, and somewhat sweet on palate with strawberries and blackcurrants; long savoury finish. can only imagine how better it will be as it ages further. great wine! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Chateau Unang Ventoux 2010

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in Kent [www.dickenshousewine.co.uk ] for £12.50. I bought it because I had previously had a bottle of their special 'La Gardy ' cuvee a couple of years ago and was impressed although this is a more basic offering. It is a blend of grenache,syrah and cinsault though I do not know in what proportions.I sta... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Château Peyrabon Red Bordeaux Blend Haut-Médoc 2010

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    nose of cherries. rich, dark and oaky. risk becoming too cloying Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • whoops.  Copy/Paste error. http://www.cyclingnews.com/tour-de-france/stage-12/results/Froome crashed into the back of a race moto and in a moment of panic started running to the finish line.  I'm pretty sure there is a rule that you have to cross the finish line WITH your bike! Read More

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  • Riesling. Trimbach 2013

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    Great little number of a drier style Riesling. Wine Maker's notes are quite accurate: 'On the nose, fine mineral fragrance with ginger, caraway seed, underripe pineapple, and flowers. There are flavors of white peach, quince and lemon on the palate with a lingering, clean and dry finish.' I liked its dry rather than sweet profile. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Chateau de Campuget Syrah '1753' 2013

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in Kent [www.dickenshousewine.co.uk ] for £12.50. Costieres de Nimes is an appellation created in 1989 [although there has been viticulture here since before the Romans ] for red,white and rose wines from 24 communes between the towns of Nimes and Arles. This area is on the west side of the Rhone and is r... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Chalon Jean Bourdy Arlay Jura 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Chateau d'Arcins Haut-Medoc 2010

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    smooth good price Read More

    Wine review by Louie Love


  • This one is from a Costco run.  To me, the blend is hilarious:  40% ... Bouschet was hybridized in France in the mid 1800s, but, these days, less and less of that is grown there. However, apparently, it is widely planted in the (surprise) Alentejano region of Portugal.All in all, I can't recommend that people rush out and buy this one.  It's O... Read More

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  • 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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