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

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Château De Seguin

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

  • Michel Picard

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

  • Château Paul Mas

    For over 170 years, González Byass has committed itself to research and quality for its range of ...

  • 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 ...

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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

  • Gustave Lorentz Pinot Gris Alsace Aoc Reserve 1987


    I bought two bottles of this wine for £10 from the website ... white wines in the east of France by the German border.Indeed at some periods of history it was part of Germany and therefore the wines are not dissimilar to those on the other side of the Rhine.Appellation rules dictate a tall thin bottle called a 'flute d'Alsace' This is the only ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Doesn't only happen within the Kingdom of The Netherlands|Kingdom of The ... ... countries like Italia France Belgium and Svizzera have already got their own Fishermans Friend Strongmanrun Edition MUD AND RUNNING The event within the Netherlands isn't nonetheless as large as in Germany The organization aims at  participants for the primary ye... Read More

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  • Domaine Denis Race Chablis Premier Cru Montmains 2016


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • Château Rollan de By Cru Bourgeois Médoc Bordeaux 2011


    I bought two bottles of this wine for £12 from the website Geographically,the Medoc is the entire peninsular north of the City of Bordeaux but the appellation of that name created in 1936 only refers to the 16 communes at the northern end.The area is sometimes called the Bas-Medoc or Lower-Medoc though... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Domaine Petroni Corse 2015


    Spritely, fruity tart wine. I can certainly see the Italian influence, here. I bit of a chalky mouth feelinteresting. Something of a saline sensation on the rear of the tongue. This is a low-dollar wine. While it is not a particularly memorable one, for the price it is, certainly, great for everyday drinking. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Domaine de Mauperthuis Irancy Pinot Noir 2014


    I bought this bottle of wine from the website for £11.99.Irancy is an appellation created in 1999,although viticulture in this area goes back to at least the Romans,for red wines only from around the village of that name about 8 miles south of the town of Auxerre on the east bank of the river Yonne.The main grape is pinot ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Chateau de la Grave Nectar Vieilles Vignes 2005


    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from the website is from the Cotes de Bourg appellation.This appellation was created in 1936,although there is a record of winemaking in the area as long ago as the 2nd century AD,from a large area of 15 communes around the small town of Bourg-sur-Gironde.This town... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Chablis Premier Cru Fourchaume Domaine Yvon & Laurent Vocoret 2015


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • Louis Jadot Moulin-a-Vent Château des Jacques 2013


    Dark ruby in color with some garnet at the edges. Medium weight, sour cherries, tart mid palate, finishes with dried cherries and some drying tannin. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Clos Vougeot Grand Cru Cote de Nuits 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • 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

    Comment by 546548Sedimentblog 546548 Sedimentblog

  • Love France - love French wine!

    Comment by 345074Sweetie22 345074 Sweetie22

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