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...

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • 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)  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...

  • Michel Picard

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

  • Château Saint Christophe

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

  • Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

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

  • Albert Bichot

    From !#%0, the Bichot family was established in Burgundy, with a deer as a symbol. is is only in ...

  • Alexis Lichine

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

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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.

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  • Le Grand Chai Pomerol 2007

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £15 from the website www.cellartrade.co.uk. Pomerol is an appellation created in 1936, although winemaking here goes back to at least medieval times,for red wines from the small commune of that name near the town of Libourne on the right bank in the Bordeaux region.My bottle consists of 80% merlot and 10% each of... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Charles Sparr Tradition Alsace Gewurztraminer 2016

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    exactly as one would suspect this variety to be, spicy, yet pleasant and distinct not overtly sweet. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Montlouis Vielles Vignes Domaine des Liards 1989

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £9 from the www.bidforwine.co.uk website.Montlouis is an appellation created in 1938,although there has been viticulture here for centuries, for white and sparkling wines made3 of the chenin blanc grape,sometimes called 'pineau de Loire'in this area,from an area around the village of that name. This is located on... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


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  • Migmatite Gamay Sur Granit 2016

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website www.terrawines.co.uk for £15.The Cotes du Forez is a small appellation created in 2000,although there has been viticulture here for centuries,for red and rose wines made of the gamay grape from 17 communes around the town of Montbrison between the upper Loire and Allier rivers. My bottle comes from a... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Veuve Clicquot Extra Brut Extra Old NV

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    This NV Veuve Clicquot (2016 release of blend) is a mavelous wine. Lightest yellow in the glass, with continuous effervescence even beyond ten minutes, with toasty perfume of brioche, apple and vanilla, this wine excites: on entry, there is the wonderful prickle of tiny bubbles with deep, buttered toast and sour apple paste on the palate. This... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Pierre Sourdais Chinon Tradition 2017

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    I bought this bottle of wine from www.greatwesternwines.co.uk for £12. Chinon is an appellation created in 1937,although there has been viticulture here since at least the Romans,for red,rose and white wines from an area of 26 communes on both banks of the Vienne river around the town of that name in the Loire valley. Like most Chinon wine,my bo... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Dopff au Moulin Gewürztraminer Alsace Grand Cru Brand de Turckheim 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Sorbief Cremant du Jura Grande Reserve Brut NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Les Vignerons D'Estezargues Les 40emes Rugissants Cotes du Rhone Villages Signargues 2017

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    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

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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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