Profile of French Wine Regions
The wine regions of France, known as “appellations” are varied and administered by strict quality control laws. Regions like Champagne, Bordeaux, Burgundy are nearly brands themselves, associated with high quality fine wines. Our French wine region profiles offer an overview of the region, history, background on classifications and a suggested list of great producers. Santé!
French Wine Regions
Alsace Wine Region
The fairy tale wine region of Alsace is one of France's best kept secrets with its romantic villages, boutique wine estates and cozy inns.
Beaujolais Wine Region
Beaujolais is a French wine region known in previous times as a source of light summer wines but also far more serious fine wine producers.
Bordeaux Wine Regions
The wines of Bordeaux are mythical for wine lovers and collectors around the world with wines like Yquem, Petrus, Mouton Rothschild and Château Margaux.
Graves Wine Region
Bordeaux's oldest vineyards are to be found in Graves, a great swathe of land that includes vines planted in the southern outskirts of the city of Bordeaux.
Margaux Wine Region
The very mention of this venerable region conjures up some of the most powerful imagery in Bordeaux – of stately chateaux, captivating perfume and long-lived wines of incomparable finesse.
Pauillac Wine Region
If we had to single-out one Bordeaux region to head the list, there would be no argument. World-renowned and adored by every wine lover on the planet, Pauillac needs little introduction.
Pomerol Wine Region
Pomerol is something of an anomaly in the Bordeaux hierarchy of venerable wine regions.
Saint Emilion Wine Region
The ancient and beautiful region of St-Emilion has beguiled the palates of wine lovers for centuries.
Saint Estephe Wine Region
St-Estephe is perhaps the most misunderstood of the Medoc's great wine appellations. For a start, there are only five classified growths, and none of them are a First Growth.
Saint Julien Wine Region
No other region in Bordeaux has so high a proportion of classed-growths as St-Julien.
Sauternes Wine Region
South of the city of Bordeaux, lies a region unlike any other in the world. Here, under the right conditions and in the best years, celebrated chateaux produce the world's longest-lived sweet wines.
- Graves Wine Region
Burgundy Wine Region
Burgundy is considered by many wine lovers to be the king of all wine regions in the world. Famed both for its white and red wine.
Champagne Wine Region
The region of Champagne is a unique wine producing area & of course the birthplace of bubbly; the wine villages of Reims & Epernay are home to mythical wine
Languedoc Wine Region
Languedoc is a vast and beautiful French wine region noted for its historic Cathar castles and hamlets, New World style wines and romantic wine hotels.
Loire Valley Wine Region
The Loire Valley is one of the most diverse wine regions in the world, home to extravagant Châteaux and quaint family run wine estates.
Provence Wine Region
Provence is one of the most beautiful wine regions in the world and foodies who love luxury are gastronomically spoiled for choice here.
Cassis Wine Region
Cassis produces flavors that are remarkable – a signature herby scent of lavender, merged with the most intriguing tropical fruit, notes of garrigue, sunflowers, and honeysuckle
Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence Wine Region
The landscape of Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence is as enchanting and beguiling as the town itself – Aix-en-Provence is always on every visitor’s to-do list.
Coteaux Varois Wine Region
Coteaux Varois wine region was introduced in 1993, as a high-tier complement to the Cotes de Provence designation created in 1977
Côtes de Provence Wine Region
Cotes de Provence is the largest wine producing appellation in the Provence wine region, with over 20,000 hectares under vine.
- Cassis Wine Region
Rhône Wine Region
The Rhône Valley in Southern France is a vast and fascinating wine region divided between northern and southern wine appellations.
Condrieu Wine Region
Condrieu is a French sub wine region located in the northern Rhône, near Vienne. Condrieu is known for its very distinctive white wines.
Côte Rôtie Wine Region
Côte-Rôtie is a sub wine region in France's northern Rhône wine region, situated south of Vienne in the communes of Saint-Cyr-sur-le-Rhône, Ampuis, and Tupin-et-Semons.
Crozes-Hermitage Wine Region
The Crozes-Hermitage appellation is the largest in the northern Rhone wine region, known for its syrah-based red wines.
Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine Region
Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a French sub wine region in the southern Rhone Valley known for its audacious Grenache-based reds.
Gigondas Wine Region
Gigondas is a sub wine region in Southern Rhône, producing rich Grenache-based blends wines. The vineyards set in the foothill of the Dentelles de Montmirail mountains have deep roots.
Beaumes-de-Venise Wine Region
Beaumes de Venise is a Southern Rhone Valley wine sub region known for its sweet, fortified Muscat based wines
- Condrieu Wine Region