France is one of the most important wine-producing countries, both qualitatively and quantitatively. In France, the Romans began to introduce the culture of winemaking, starting in the second century. Such an early development and experience in winemaking is maybe the reason that French wines are often considered as being the best in the world. Wines of Burgundy, Bordeaux and the well-known Champagne have long occupied the first places in the ratings of the best wines.
Wine-making in France is considered to be the most regulated agricultural industry, which has a positive effect on the quality of the wine produced. Each bottle of French wine is categorized. The French wine industry is governed by the provisions of the AOC – the control of origin.
For example, it is not possible to produce wine out of grapes that were grown somewhere, and then issue it with the label “Made in Provence.” AOC regulations and quality control will not allow you to do so. AOC wines are of the highest quality and make up about half of all French wines.
The variety of French wines is huge due to the large number of wine-growing regions – there are 16 of them in France. Despite the widespread production of white and rosé wines, reds make up about 70% of all production. And they are in continuous demand, this is why many winemakers grow Merlot, Grenache, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.
The finest white wines from France usually consists of Chardonnay grapes, especially from the Chablis area. And probably everyone has heard about Bordeaux wines or Pinot Noir from Burgundy … but the rest of France also produces excellent wines! Finally, a curious fact: the French drink most of the wines them themselves. 2/3 of all wine production is consumed in France!
If you like French wines, then we recommend ordering a bottle of classical “Sauvignon Blanc”, “Viognier”, or the premium “Faugeres” or “Malbec” – these wines will reveal all the beauty of French winemaking.