Whether you can pronounce them or not, French wines are undeniably delicious. Some of the best-known wines hail from France, and with over 200 indigenous wine varieties there’s a French wine to suit just about any occasion, from Burgundy’s well-loved Pinot Noir to the Loire Valley’s crisp and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc.
France’s wine regions
Famous the world over for classic wines like Champagne and Cabernet Sauvignon, France is one of the top three wine producers in the world. In fact, together with Italy and Spain, France produces nearly half of all the wine produced in the world.
Winemaking is deeply rooted in French culture, and as such, the French have some of the strictest quality controls guidelines in the world. There are 11 major wine regions in France, including the popular wine regions of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne and Provence.
Each region has its own specific varieties of wine and traditions to boot. The Bordeaux region, which is known for its Merlot and Cabernet Franc, has always been one of France’s most important wine regions due to its close proximity to the Atlantic, which made it easier to export wine to Britain, the Netherlands and Belgium. Its vineyards cover more than 100 kilometres of land and produce more than 10,000 types of Bordeaux wine.
Varieties of French Wine
Because just about every region in France produces some type of wine, whether red, white, sparkling or fortified, there are endless varieties of French wine to choose from.
France is also the producer of some of the most expensive wines in the world, and the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold was a six litre bottle of 1947 Chateau Cheval Blanc that sold at auction for 192,000 British Pounds (AU$320,530).
So whether you’re looking for a refreshing bottle of bubbly to sip in the sun or something a bit fancier to accompany a special meal, why not keep it classy with a bottle of French wine?