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

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • 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

      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

  • Château Timberlay

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

  • Champagne Demoiselle Vranken

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

  • Lamothe

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

  • Château de Pommard

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

  • Château De Seguin

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

  • 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


  • Benjamin Darnault La Ripassa de Montagne Vin de France 2014

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    A recent Naked Wines selection. Loads of Earth, Spice, Black Pepper, Herbs, Stewed Fruit, and Minerality. A dusky, lovely Wine with a long savory smooth finish. Outstanding pricing Angel of $12. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Chateau Fontbernard Saint-Emilion 2010

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    Really, really good. In fact this could stand a couple of more years in the cellar. Black berry fruit, mocha, vanilla, chewy tannins that turn into a sweetish daek cherry on the finish and vibrant acidity make this a classic effort. Drink or hold - 90 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • If I were within reach of NYC on that date I would *definitely* be ... 18 of ... 18 of the finest estates in France and Italy at a tasting to benefit Partners-in-Health. "We go. We make house calls. We build health systems. We stay." This is a great opportunity to taste and talk with these talented vignerons in optimal, uncrowded conditions, p... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Borsci Elisir San Marzano NV

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    Contrary to what is stated in the summary this is a liquer not a wine and is not of French origin but Italian. Unable to review the product as none available. Read More

    Wine review by 2124321Brahma56 2124321 Brahma56


  • 2015 Reserve Personnelle Macon-Charnay, France Chardonnay 2015

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    this Chardonnay has its best expression when just slightly chilled Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Chambolle Musigny Premier Cru Henri Feletig 1988

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    2nd time tasting. still the same flowery nose, and well balanced palate of berries, spice and oak. Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Domaine Alain Michelot "Les Saint-Georges" Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru Rouge 2009

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    i prefer this to the '08 vintage. it is similarly light, and very fruit forward. but there is an added layer of pepper spices and french oak, which added to the complexity. Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Would be good to hear directly from her on this, since she is actively posting ... ... such a prestige name in France though I haven't been drinking it for awhile, so I'm curious.BTW, RCKR, Stevenson has been accused of being a shill for the major champers conglomerates. I've never met the guy and have no direct basis for judgment, but you al... Read More

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  • La Chablisienne Saint Bris 2015

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    Looking for a smooth, soft white wine from a good vintage - perhaps even a ... ... ... to dominate elsewhere in France at this price point.. Finish is medium with fig, lemon, grass and a touch of watercress. Best yet. 8 Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Faiveley Echezeaux 2002

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    today, 18 feb 2017 is a special day for me, where the benchmark of fine wine has been heightened even further. this one was an enigma, and it kept developing, developing, and developing, becoming more fruit forward as it breathes. every sip was a different experience! really summing to one single word - unbelievable! i do hope that i might be ab... Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • 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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