A Guide to the Wine Regions of France
For those who are just beginning to love drinking wines, it is good to know that the greatest tasting wines come from grapes that were grown in very ideal environmental condition in order to give the great taste to its wine. There are only a few places in the world where the best wines are produced. In these regions, grapes are grown in optimal weather conditions. These are the grapes that produce top quality wines. France is one of the greatest wine regions in the world.
When wine is being discussed, people always think of the country of France. It is in France where most of the best wines come from. Billions of bottles of wine are produced in France yearly. France has the largest share in the world’s wine market. There are different and distinct wines produced in different wine regions in France. Grapes are the same but the wines produced from them vary. This is due to the special characteristics of the land.
The large wine regions of France are given below.
In the eastern part of France on the river Rhine is Alsace which is wine-producing region. This region is known for producing great white wines. Pinot Noir, Riesling, Muscat and more are the popular grapes grown in this region.
Bordeaux is a red wine region located along the Atlantic coast of France. The wines exported from this region are usually blended from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and sometimes Cabernet Franc.
In the eastern part of France there is Burgundy or Bourgogne. Both red and white wines are produced in this region. There are four sub-regions in Burgundy and these are Cote de Nuits, Cote de Beaune, Cote Chalonnaise, and Maconnaise. The two main grape varieties in Burgundy are Chardonnay for white wine and Pinot Noir for red.
Champagne is the home of the world-famous sparkling wine of France which is located close to Belgium and Luxembourg. But this region also produces non-sparkling or still wines.
The island of Corsica or Corse in the Mediterranean Sea is also a French wine region. This region only produces table wine which is consumed on the island itself. You should join a wine tasting tour in order to try their tale wines.
Wine made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are produced in the mountains of Jura close to Belgium.
The largest region in terms of vineyard surface is Languedoc-Roussillon which produces most of the table wines of France.
IN the Loire Valle along the Loire river are many vines growing the river basin which they use to make white wine.
IN Provence and Rhone the products are rose and red wines and is mainly due to the very warm climate.
Grapes unique to the region of the Savoy in the Alps produces mostly white wine.