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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Popular wines made in France under $20

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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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

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 De Seguin

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

  • Badet Clement & Co

    A shared passion ... Since 1991, "Les Jamelles" has been produced by Catherine and Laurent Delau...

  • Moët & Chandon

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

  • Michel Picard

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

  • 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 ...

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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


  • 2012 domaine du lirou Corteaux d' enserune, France 'rouge' 2012

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    the craftsman who put this blend together outdid oneself. WOW! pleasant is the word the consumes this wine. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Commanderie de Peyrassol Cotes de Provence Rose 2013

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    Very light clear salmon color. Fresh, clean, sweet fruity nose. Nice spice with a slight greenness. Well balanced with nice acid. Juicy ripe Asian pear, citrus, berries and cream. Read More

    Wine review by anchca


  • Jean-Luc Colombo Cape Bleu Rose 2013

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    Light peachy pink. Juicy strawberry, nectarine and other stone fruits. Slight medicinal quality. Seemed to have some heat but alc. is only 12.5%. Palate was a bit underwhelming. Read More

    Wine review by anchca


  • Domaine de la Fouquette Cotes de Provence Rose Cuvee Rosee d'Aurore 2013

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    Green and crisp. Hints of green pepper and pineapple gummy. Spice and herbal components. Cranberry and lime. Acid up front. Lingers toward back palate. Read More

    Wine review by anchca


  • Domain Sorin Cotes de Provence Luc & Sergine Sorin Terra Amata Rose 2013

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    Great value. Light orange peachy color with nice clarity. Fresh, clean crisp nose. Spice, orange, peach, pear. Cherry candy. Savory with a nice hint of salinity. Linear through palate. Persists nicely. Read More

    Wine review by anchca


  • Miraval Rose Cotes de Provence 2013

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    Light salmon color. Bright, fresh, clean nose. Strawberries, stonefruit, citrus. Nice minerality with a slight salinity. Herbal notes and a refreshing acidity. Elegant and pretty with a nice finish. Read More

    Wine review by anchca


  • Chateau du Rouet Cuvee Reservee Tradition 2013

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    Light orange. Spice, floral notes, juicy. Hint of sulfides up front. Impacts back of palate. Stone fruit, berries and cream. Softer than some roses, less acid perceived. Nose is more interesting than palate. Read More

    Wine review by anchca


  • Chateau Routas Coteaux Varois Rouviere Rose 2013

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    Clear light orange color. Light fresh nose with orange peel and floral notes, rose, citrus and light green notes. Read More

    Wine review by anchca


  • Chateau la Canorgue Luberon Rose 2013

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    Pretty salmon color. Citrus, peach, strawberry, stonefruit, melon rind, peach pit. Hints of candy. Nice acidity. Nicely balanced. Read More

    Wine review by anchca


  • The '07 Coudoulet was the biggest disappointment for me, if indeed there ... enough legit contenders from France to get much of a reading. Especially when you factor in there were few professional tasters at the table, and we used our best judgements on the Halcon vertical, then Quivet/Myriad, Cardiac Hill before all went to hell on the 3 flig... 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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