France

There are so many French wines available on the shelves of wine shops. Additionally, these range from table wines to the most expensive wines in the world.

Why France is so special in the world of winemaking? Why French wines are on the highest quality level? The answers are so simple.

The country has got incredible and unique terroir with a very diverse climate. Moreover, local winemakers had 2000 years for perfecting their knowledge of winemaking priming French wines for global domination.

As one of the largest wine producers on the planet, France, which country is arguably the home of wine, has an important role in the wine industry, being the world’s greatest producer of high-quality wines. If you take France and Italy you get 1/3 of the overall global wine production.

The importance of France in winemaking is also well illustrated by the fact that most of the grapes now known as world varieties – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay – have spread among the wine-producing countries of the world because of the high-quality French wines made from these grapes.

France is about delicious wines with beautiful landscapes, historic sites, stunning castles, and beautiful vineyards where the highest quality wines of the world are growing. It is probably one of the oldest growing regions in the world. And next to Italy grows the most amount of grapes and has the most amount of vineyards than any other wine-growing region.

North vs South

In northern France, we have cooler climates with regions like Loire Valley, Champagne, and Alsace. In the middle of the country, we’ve got places like Beaujolais and Burgundy. Then in the south which is warmer, we’ve got places like the Rhone Valley, Bordeaux, and a couple other very popular regions. There are ten major wine regions in France and some smaller areas.

Greatest varieties, perfect dry red wines

French wineries offer some of the most expensive and the greatest wines of the world with the greatest variety and the perfect red wine for every occasion. The most popular region in France is probably Bordeaux. Bordeaux wine typically is a blend of five different varietals but you never know that from the label because it just says Bordeaux without any info of the grape variety itself.

They have the richest wine heritage of any country, always offering something for everyone who loves quality dry red wines.

In many respects, French wines have a regional identity rather than a national one, which makes it impossible to clearly identify a “French wine style”. What is common in all French wines, on the other hand, is that they are an indispensable ingredient in meals.

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