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

  • 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 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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  • Gerard Bertrand "Cote des Roses" Rose Languedoc 2017

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    Gerard Bertrand rarely disappoints at the price point his wines generally sit, and the Cote des Roses - a Languedoc-sourced rose - fits precisely into the mould: beautiful glass-stoppered and sculpted bottle, a copper-hued, attractive wine with a scent (really) of roses and an entry of light red fruit, a hint of candy floss and a touch of almond... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Château Barrail Meyney Bordeaux 2012

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    Wine review by gntop1


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  • Chateau Cazebonne Graves 2000

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/136635 for £10. Graves is an appellation created in 1937,although there has been viticulture here since at least the Romans,for dry white and red wines from 44 communes south of the City of Bordeaux.My bottle is from a small estate at the southern end of the appella... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


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  • Maison Dampt Premier Cru les Vaillons 2015

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    La Famille de Daniel Dampte produce extremely fine Chablis.This Vaillons Premier Cru (the largest Premier Cru - on the west bank of the Serein) appears lightly oaked, with a vanilla, cookie spice and pear nose... very pure and inviting. Colour shows some age (light golden hues), while entry is pure, clean, spicy with cooked pear and apple notes... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • One more for the books.Kenneth Volk is well known for producing very tasty ... ... ... Outside south-western France, Negrette is virtually extinct. A small pocket of plantings still exists in San Benito, California, where the variety was formerly known as Pinot Saint-Georges. There's a touch of something floral on the nose followed by some bl... Read More

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