France is one of the largest wine producers in the world and French wine traces its history to the 6th century BC, with many of France’s regions dating their wine-making history to Roman times.
Two concepts central French wines are the notion of “terroir”, which links the style of the wines to the specific locations where the grapes are grown and the wine is made, and the Appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) system.
Appellation rules closely define which grape varieties and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France’s several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or even specific vineyards.
France is the source of many well known grape varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah) that are now planted throughout the world, as well as wine-making practices and styles of wine that have been adopted in other producing countries.
Although some producers have benefited in recent years from rising prices and increased demand for some of the prestige wines from Burgundy and Bordeaux, the French wine industry as a whole has been influenced by a decline in domestic consumption, while internationally, it has had to compete with the increased success of many new world wines.
Alsace in the north east of France is adjacent to Germany and has two possible natural borders from it – the Rhine river and Vosges…View Region
The Ardeche is situated in the South East of France where the famous ‘Mistral’ wind starts and has a long history of wine production, vines…View Region
Beaujolais is located north of Lyon, and covers parts of the north of the Rhône département of the Rhône-Alpes region and southern areas of the…View Region
Bordeaux is renowned for its claret but the white wines produced there should not be overlooked. Focusing on their reds, Bordeaux AC & Superieur are…View Region
Cahors lies deep in the southwest between Bordeaux and Languedoc, amidst dramatic rock formations and cliffs. Here the Lot River slowly snakes its way along…View Region
The Chablis region is the northernmost wine district of Burgundy, lying about 10 miles east of Auxerre in the Yonne, situated roughly halfway between the…View Region
Champagne lies at the highest northern latitude of any major wine region (excepting those in England) but its positioning relative to the mild westerly winds…View Region
Corbières is the largest AOC in Languedoc producing almost half of the AC wines there. The AOC was created in 1985, covering 13,500 ha. 95%…View Region
Cote de Provence
Côtes de Provence to the east of Marseille, west of Nice is a noted region and the biggest of Provence’s 8 AOC areas, accounting for…View Region
The Languedoc-Roussillon area of France runs inland along the Mediterranean coast from the French border with Spain to the region of Provence. It is the…View Region
The Loire, as a wine region, incorporates many different and geographically diverse AOCs; from the famous Sancerre, Pouilly Fume, Muscadet and Anjou spread out along…View Region
Mâconnais is a specific region within Burgundy, lying to the south of Cote d’Or and north of Beaujolais. It is best known for its white…View Region
Maury is located in Roussillon, granted its AOC in 1936 and is devoted to making sweet wines. Almost all wines are red, made from at…View Region
Minervois is one of the more northerly AOCs in the Languedoc-Roussillon, located due east of the medieval town of Carcassonne. It covers over 5,000 ha and…View Region
The Rhone Valley stretches from the Alps to the Mediterranean in the south east France It is diverse enough to be considered as two distinct…View Region
A department in south-central France that takes its name from the river Aude, as a wine region it encompasses other AC areas – Corbières, Fitou and…View Region
Côtes de Gascogne
The Côtes de Gascogne is a wine region in the south-west of France mainly located within the department of the Gers. Gascony itself does not…View Region