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Choose from the variety of top French wines

France is one of the most traditional and well-known wine-growing countries. 46 million hectoliters of wine are produced annually in France on a vineyard area of ​​around 800,000 hectares. Red wines and white wines each account for more than 40 percent, plus wonderful rosé wines. Quality wines are often blended into cuvées in France. Single-variety wines predominate in Burgundy, Alsace and some wine regions of the northern Rhône and Loire.

Bordeaux: The largest wine-growing region in the world

The Bordeaux wine region, which stretches across the entire Gironde department, is the world's largest wine-growing region with 120,000 hectares of vineyards and 40,000 wineries. Of all French wine regions, the Bordeaux wine-growing region has the highest proportion of top quality. In the Bordelais mainly red wines are produced, which are mostly blended into cuvées. In addition to the red grape varieties Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot, the white grapes Muscadelle and Sémillon blanc are also used. Many books can be filled about Bordeaux wines. Discover the advantages of the wines of different appellations and taste selected wines from the Bordeaux range at Vineshop24.

From the diversity of the French wine regions

The diversity of French wines is reflected in numerous growing regions.

Languedoc-Roussillon is one of the particularly large French wine regions. The high-quality red wines Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Syrah as well as the white wines Chardonnay and Viognier are produced here. Numerous cuvées, i.e. high-quality blends of different grape varieties, also come from the Languedoc-Roussillion wine region. For example, discover the wines from Chateau Saint-Roch with an unbelievable price-performance ratio or the creations from Les Jamelles.

The Champagne wine region is the northernmost French wine-growing region. The famous champagne gets its long-lasting perlage through a second bottle fermentation. The white grape variety Chardonnay and the red grapes Pinot Meunier (Black Riesling) and Pinot Noir (Pinot Noir) are used almost exclusively to produce the sparkling wine.

The traditional wine region of Alsace benefits from the semi-continental climate on the eastern slopes of the Vosges. The slow ripening of the grapes creates unique wines with strong aromas. Pure white wines such as Gewürztraminer or Alsatian Riesling convince with their finesse. The eastern French wine region of Burgundy is also known for its single-variety wines. The Chardonnay grape is used to produce high-quality white wines from Bourgogne.

The Beaujolais wine-growing region extends north of Lyon, in which, due to the special soil conditions (clay and granite), it is not Pinot Noir but the red Gamay grape that is grown. A very popular wine style of its own was established with the Gamay grape variety.

The Loire region is characterized by dry white wines and fruity rosé wines. The grape juices from Chardonnay, Chenin and Muscadet give the white wines from the Loire wine-growing region their special character. The fruity rosé wines combine the red grape varieties Pinau d'Aunis, Cabernet Franc or Grolleau with the white grapes of Chenin Blanc or Chardonnay.

The Rhône wine-growing region is considered the oldest in France. The north of the wine region (4,000 hectares of cultivation area), which is already characterized by a cooler continental climate, is used for the production of varietal wines from the grapes of Marsanne, Viognier and, above all, Syrah. In the Mediterranean south (around 70,000 hectares of vineyards) the red vines Cinsault, Mourvèdre and Syrah as well as the white Grenache blanc are grown. The Rhône region is popular with wine connoisseurs for its classic cuvées.