France Wines

France Wines
19 JUL 2019

France is an ordered country, and regardless of the seeming chaos of French wines, you will definitely find an order in the system. The confusing thing about French wines is that they rarely put the grape’s name on the bottle. Rather, they are putting a controlled place name. There will be a “Appellation d’Origine Controlee” appearing on the label. It is commonly seen abbreviated as AOC. You may also get an abbreviation in EU terminology, AOP. The rules for growing grapes and making wines in every appellation have grown out on the long history of every region.

Why do French wines put the wine region on their wine label rather than the name of grapes. When you go on wine holidays, you would say that it is because of the terroir notion, which has significantly been the wine expression with regards to the origin of its place. In terms of terroir, producers of wine in France talk about various things that has effect on the vine, including the vineyard’s slope and elevation, together with the climate, weather, and soil in the nation.

Best Known French Wine Regions

Except for Champagne, Burgundy, Bordeaux, and the Rhone are the best wine regions known in the country of France. Champagne is the best answer to France’s worldwide brand. It serves as the drink of success, celebration, and it has been the best way of drowning sorrows. Furthermore, unlike the other known French wines, which have also been adapted all over the world, this sparkling wine remains inimitable regardless of thousand attempts. The combination of chalk soil, cool climate, and the terroir are what makes it uniquely special.

  • Burgundy

The Burgundy region’s vineyard is covering a small strip of land on the eastern hills running through the Burgundian Capital, Dijon – perfect for your wine tasting tours. The historic city of Beaune is the heart of Burgundy wine growing region.

  • Champagne

As centered on the towns of Epernay and Reims, Champagne wine region has been the most northern of the major vineyards in France, which is good for finding private guide for wineries. Unlike most of the best wines in the country, champagnes are blended to be able to produce either vintage or non-vintage champagne, blended from wines of the same harvest. Because the quality of this wine depends on the balance between the skill of blenders and the grape quality, champagnes have also been promoted and ranked by producer and not by delimited appellation.

  • Alsace

The Alsace vineyard region is rather different from the other wine growing area in France. Just like the region of Alsace itself, the culture of wine here is steeped in a German tradition, which produce fruity and mostly dry white wines. The most popular among the Alsace wines include Sylvaner, Riesling, and the ever-fruity Gewurztraminer.

  • Loire Valley

While you will be able to find some outstanding wines produced in the large Loire Valley on your winery tours, there are few Loire wines, roses, pale reds, or whites, which belong to the greatest French wines. Gros Plant and Muscadet are great dry white wines that you can perfectly match with seafood, and a daily rose can be the aromatic Anjou Rose.

  • Bordeaux

Together with Champagne and Burgundy, Bordeaux region of Aquitaine is one of the 3 most popular wine producing regions in France, but this region is the only one that can instantly access the sea. This is a huge advantage, as it allowed the major wine exporting region in France for many centuries.

  • Languedoc-Roussillon

Covering the coastal plain of Mediterranean from the west of Rhone, the Languedoc region wine tourism has been producing lots of ordinary red wine. This region is the largest wine producing area in France when it comes to volume. AOC wines account for around 10% of the production of the region, but the proportion is continuously increasing because Languedoc producers put their focus on quality instead of quantity. Furthermore, they strive more to get their wines reposition higher up in the market. With the help of the long hours of summer sun, grapes in this region ripen well and faster, meaning, Languedoc wines are full bodied and rich, and it commonly has high content.

Common Grape Varieties in France

  • Grenache
  • Ugni Blanc
  • Macabeu
  • Syrah
  • Carignan
  • Terret Blanc
  • Pinot Noir
  • Gamay
  • Clairette
  • Semillon
  • Fer
  • Nielluccio
  • Chenin Blanc
  • Grolleau
  • Jacquere
  • Colombard
  • Gros Manseng
  • Sulvaner
  • Merlot
  • Auxerrois Blanc
  • Negrette
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Aligote
  • Plantet
  • Cinsaut
  • Fer
  • Folle Blanche
  • Mourvedre
  • Aramon
  • Getwurztraminer

There are lots of other grape varieties in France. You will learn and see them on wine tours.

If you are planning to have wine vacations, France is among the best countries for the best wine tours. You can search winery tour guide to help you with your journey and to learn more about French wines. Get your best wine tasting holidays in the beautiful and 2nd largest wine producing countries in the world.



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