France has thousand years of wine production history, and some of the most famous wine producing regions in the world.
Bordeaux wines are the most famous blends in the world.
The river Gironde splits the area in the famous Left Bank (Southwest) and the Right Bank (Northeast), where two very different famous blends are produced.
On the Left Bank, Cabernet Sauvignon is the primary grape, on the Right Bank, Merlot is the primary grape.
Bourgogne has 5 wine-producing regions: Chablis Grand Auxerrois, Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune, Côte Chalonnaise, Mâconnais and Châtillonnais.
The vineyards of Bourgogne stretch over 230 km from North to South.
The presence of two great rivers: Yonne in the North and Saône in the East and a temperate semi-continental climate, make it the perfect place to cultivate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes.
Côtes du Rhône is an AOC (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée) wine region in the Rhône Valley of France. There are two main regions:
In the North, the main grape is Syrah.
The grapes grows on very steep slopes, and are manually picked in hillside trolleys, wich adds to the price.
In the South, the main grape is Grenache.
The area is famous for its GSM wines: A blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre.
Savoie is a wine region in the French alps, south of Lake Geneva (Lac Léman).
Altesse (aka Roussette) produces the finest white wines in Savoie, while Jacquère is the most planted grape. These are the appellations in Savoie:
Champagne is the region of the most famous sparkling wine in the world.