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Wine Regions of France

We love wine almost as much as we love France! So, the fact that there’s so much wine in our favorite country, it’s sure to be the best in our eyes. Let’s break it down by all of the wine regions in France, by the climate and the variety of wines produced in these regions. There are twelve regions that we will discuss, so you might want to get comfy, grab your glass, and get ready for our Wine Tour de France!

Alsace: This region is close to Germany and Switzerland, and the architecture takes a lot of queues from traditional German wooden structures. This region is insanely scenic, and some of the vineyards actually give you views of the Swiss Alps. As far as the wine, Riesling and Pinot Gris are the most notable. They are known for more fruity flavors here.

Bordeaux: The Bordeaux region is located close to the Atlantic Ocean, so it has become one of the most recognizable wines internationally because of the easy trade! There are so many subregions, and the area is so beautiful all around. They are producing red wines (mostly Cabernets and Merlots) as well as white wines (mostly Semillons and Sauvignon Blancs). 

Bourgogne: The Bourgogne (or Burgundy) region is in central eastern France. Known for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, they have quite a variety of quality and type. In comparison to this region’s petite size, it produces quite a lot of wine. Wines are elegant, exquisite and sometimes very expensive.

Beaujolais: Just to the south is the Beaujolais region. It’s very small and only produces its eponymous type of wine from the Gamay grape. Beaujolais wine is a dry, light  and fruity red, and every November, it’s the annual release of the Beaujolais Nouveau and it is quite an awaited celebration.

Champagne: The Champagne region is probably the most well known, and every bottle of champagne you’ve ever enjoyed is from here. Sure, there is sparkling wine from all over the world, but to be classified as champagne, it has to be from this region. There is white and also Rosé Champagne. This is also the closest region to Paris, and would make for a great day trip!

Bergarac/Cahors: The Bergarac/Cahors region is actually two distinct areas in South West France that specialize in Cabernet, Merlot, and Malbec wines. Although these are the most popular, there are a number of unique wines that originate in this region of France.

Jura: Tiny Jura in the east of France is known for its beautiful rolling mountains, its many lakes, and (you guessed it!) its distinctive wines. Their claim to fame is a wine called vin jaune made from the Savignin grape, but they also make wonderful Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Savoie: Another petite region of France, known for their Roussanne white wines and the Mondeuse red, is Savoie. This area is rich in history, and the territory has long been disputed by many European powers.

Loire: Next is the Loire Valley. This is just south of Paris, and along the Loire River. This region is best known for its whites, particularly Sauvignon Blanc. It is also the second largest producer of sparkling wine, after Champagne.

Rhône: The Rhône is one of the largest regions, located in Southern France. It is completely stunning geographically, and produces mostly Grenache and Syrah red wines. They also have a delicious white called Condrieu, made from Viognier grape. Their Coming here would also put you very close to the Provence and Languedoc regions, which are the last two we will be showing you.

Provence: The Provence region is known for its Rosé! The scenic area in the south of France is located on the sea, and is right outside of Marseille. This is the city we spend a lot of time in when we purchase antiques for our collection!

Languedoc: The Languedoc region is to the west of Marseille. They produce some interesting and quite inexpensive wines such as red Minervois, white Picpoul or sweet Muscat.

Overall, there is such a wide variety of flavor and geography in France, which makes for a great variety of wines. Now that you know a little more about the regions, drink up!

posted on 3/11/2019