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.

    • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    • 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.

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