Skip to main content

France

From the most prized bottle of Champagne to the simplest of table wines — c’est la vin.

About French Wine

Though not the oldest wine region in the world, France is the “Motherland” in terms of the most important styles of wine consumed in the world today. Most New World - and many European - wine regions have used famous French wines as a model for their own styles.

 

France has over 300 Protected Appellations of Origen (AOPs), including Champagne, Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Alsace.  Native grape varieties include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir.

 

Stylistically, French wines tend to be more elegant and earth-driven than American wines. Most years, France is ranked as the second-largest wine-producing country in the world, just behind Italy.