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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Syrah

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

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)  created in 1973, although there has ...

  • 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

  • Champagne Demoiselle Vranken

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

  • Château Franc Cardinal

    This estate was originally owned by Jean-Louis Lacour but he sent most of his production to a n...

  • Château de Pommard

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

  • Château Timberlay

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

  • Alexis Lichine

    Alexis Lichine was a Russian-born wine writer and entrepreneur, who made many important contrib...

  • Lamothe

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

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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


  • Patrick Piuze Chablis Vaulorent Premier Cru 2016

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Casa Maestra Patrimonio 2014

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Chateau Filhot Gold Reserve 1998

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £15 from a wine merchant in Sussex [www.southdownscellars.co.uk] Sauternes is an appellation created in 1936,although viticulture here goes back centuries,for sweet white wines produced in five communes around the village of that name close to the town of Langon on the west bank of the Garonne river about 20 mile... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Pey la Tour Reserve du Chateau 2015

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    The 2015 Reserve du Chateau Pey la Tour is another good value, good quality Bordeaux Superieur from Dourthe. Merlot dominates - as expected (88%) with the usual vibrant nose of cherries; colour is quite dark and brooding, with an entry that, with decanting, reveals plum and cherry and some residual tannin and oak. Rich are very Bordeaux. Leave o... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Vital keto france avoir le corps de vos rêves en prenant un supplément de perte de poids. Vous devez faire du travail.Si vous n'êtes pas sûr que ce soit pour vous, c'est bon. Vous pouvez cliquer sur le bouton ci-dessus pour voir notre supplément de perte de poids le plus apprécié. La baie peut être un joli fruit petit et rond, violacé, présentan... Read More

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  • Manger Vital keto france des ingrédients frais signifie que vous devez apprendre à cuisiner. Nous vous aiderons en partageant de délicieuses et simples recettes de céto pour satisfaire vos papilles gustatives et maximiser la nutrition. Jusque-là, assurez-vous d’avoir suffisamment de minéraux et, lorsqu’il s’agit de choisir votre nourriture, gard... Read More

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  • Mas de Gourgonnier les Baux Red Provence 2015

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    I'm uncertain about this wine, half way through the palate it feels smooth but from there it begins to become bitter. While its comforting to know the Vintor keeps the estate natural one might focus as well on a consistent bottle. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Awaderm Cream France  The inventory touches base in limited deliver and may quit quickly because of recognition and limited supply. There are many sites imparting comparative emblem yet aren't true honestly and might swindle you so be careful with the ones ph e pores and skin remains to be a trying out venture when there are huge quantities of c... Read More

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  • Chateau Vieux Richotey Fronsac 2010

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from a wine merchant in Sussex.Fronsac is an appellation created in 1936 for red and rose wines from 7 communes around the village of that name west of the town of Libourne and north of the Dordogne river. [Canon-Fronsac is a sub-appellation created in 1964 for two of those communes] I have not been able to d... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • I think that's true. There's a lot of new money getting into the wine ... get pretty good wine from France, Italy, Spain, Greece and Portugal that's quite satisfying and less than $20 and I just can't do that in the US. That market is dominated by the big corporations putting out product that's standardized and built to spec.If you're going ov... 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

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  • 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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