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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Christy Canterbury MW

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

  • Château Franc Cardinal

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

  • Lamothe

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

  • Château Saint Christophe

    The Château Saint-Christophe is an independent family-owned vintner from the Bordeaux area in F...

  • Moët & Chandon

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

  • Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

    Patience, know-how, observation, intuition...these are the skills required to make and age our wi...

  • Château Paul Mas

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

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France on Snooth

  • Chateau l'Arrosee Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classe 2006

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £15 from the website www.cellartrade.co.uk.Viticulture in the Saint Emiliuon area goes back to at least Roman times.Appellation status was awarded for red wines in 1936 and a system of classification set up in 1954. Chateau L'Arrosee was a small family concern although it has now been merged with neighbouring Ch... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine la Croix Belle le Champ des Lys www.croix-belle.com 2006

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  • Patrick Piuze Chablis Vaulorent Premier Cru 2016

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Casa Maestra Patrimonio 2014

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  • 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


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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


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