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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Master of Wine. Wine judge+public speaker. Journalist for Snooth+Decanter+TimAtkin.com+Beverage Media+SOMM Journal+Civiltà del Bere+others. Short-listed for the 2014 Roederer Online Communicator of the Year Award. Incorrigible traveler!

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Varietals Produced in France View all

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

    Bourgogne is perhaps the most complex and intimidating of French wine regions.    It enjoys...

  • 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

  • Cordier

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

  • Arrogant Frog

    Arrogant Frog was born in the Herault Valley in Languedoc in the south of France, near the Medite...

  • Michel Picard

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

  • Château Timberlay

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

  • Château De Seguin

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

  • Champagne Demoiselle Vranken

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

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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


  • Hi Gina - as RCKR said, your price range is really important. There are ... ... pairings, like a wine from France or CA and a similar one from Texa Read More

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  • Cote Mas Brut Cremant de Limoux NV

    Snoothrank:

    Heady toast and honeyed biscuit aromas with baked apple and pear notes. Crisp and refreshing palate of green apple and golden berries, this is nicely tart on the mid palate with some grapefruit flavor and a burst of acidity which sustains through to the lemon meringue and pineapple finish with a touch of crumb cake. Fresh and refreshing. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Famille Hugel Classic Riesling Alsace 2014

    Snoothrank:

    Classic cool Riesling aromatics with plenty of lemon, stony slate and green apple. Quite dry on the palate, crisp and juicy with a zesty acidity and fruit flavors of lime, grapefruit and green apple. Finishes with a mineral edge and good length. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Clarendelle Bordeaux 2012

    Snoothrank:

    A very pleasant and drinkable Bordeaux; fruity, but not too tart, with the right amount of cab franc. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Gina, welcome to the Snooth wine forum.  Can I recommend you select a ... ... Noir found in Burgundy, Franc Read More

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  • Henri Larue Pouilly-Loche 2016

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine from a local supermarket for £10.APouilly-Loche is an appellation created in 1940[although there has been viticulture here since at least the Romans] for white wines only made of the chardonnay grape from the commune of Loche on the Cotes Maconnais in southern Burgundy.It is located next to Pouilly-Fuisse and Pouilly... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Rives-Blanques Cuvee Occitania Mauzac Limoux Languedoc 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • La Lisse Soie d'Ivoire Chenin Blanc Igp Haute Vallee de l'Aude 2016

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste Pauillac 5e Cru Classe 1992

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/119973 for £24.50.Pauillac is an appellation created in 1936,although there has been viticulture here for centuries,for red wines from the commune of Pauillac and a few clearly marked parcels outside it. Pauillac is located on thje eastern side of the Medoc peninsul... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Château du Gaby Red Bordeaux Blend Canon-Fronsac 2003

    Snoothrank:

    Amazing Bordeaux. Friends and family agree. We had a blind Bordeaux wine tasting at my house and 11 out of 13 picked Gaby.Enjoy. Read More

    Wine review by Winebordeaux


  • 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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