France, the country where the climate, soil, terrain and grapes have created some of the most incredible wines in the entire world. The wineries in France are virtually unsurpassed in excellence and wine is deeply entrenched in French culture.
The Wine Regions of France
There are seven acknowledged wine regions in France; Champagne, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Provence, the Rhone Valley and the Loire Valley. Every one of these regions offers up something slightly different. So let’s have a look at some of the more popular and well known regions and why those wines are so special.
That authentic glass of bubbly you use to celebrate the New Year or any other special occasion only comes from this region of France, otherwise you just have sparkling wine. Located east of Paris this is where you will find the likes of Krug, Dom Perignon and Moet et Chandon. Several vineyards will allow you to visit and taste the offerings.
Found in the eastern valley there are lots of smaller vineyard that make Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Visit Beaune, where you can find the Burgundy Wine Museum and plenty of wineries will to give you a tour and a taste of their wares. Well worth the trip.
- The Rhone Valley
The Rhone Valley has a warmer climate and it brings delicious varieties of red grapes including Grenache and Viognier. The wines from the Rhone Valley are more affordable but still incredibly good. The Upper Rhone has fewer wineries but they are still superb and the hospitality at these vineyards is incredible. If you are on a wine tour you need to make a stop here.
Some of the finest wines in the world come from the Bordeaux region, mostly reds that come from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot grapes. Wines from Bordeaux are described as nuanced and delicate. Wines from this region include Mouton Rothschild and are on the higher end of price.
Wine is so deeply entrenched in French culture that you will find good wines all across the country, from the Loire Valley to the Champagne region. There is nothing like sitting in a sidewalk café on the left bank sipping some exquisite French wine and watching the people go by. Touring some of the wineries throughout the country is like stepping back in time and watching a tradition that goes back to the Roman times.