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Want to learn about French wines but have no idea where to start? How about taking a look at the map below and have some basic knowledge about various wine regions in France?!

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Alsace

Champagne

Loire Valley:

Loire Valley vineyards cover the local landscape with vines all along the Loire from Sancerre to the Atlantic Ocean, in the Western part of France.

  • Common grape varieties: Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Muscadet

Bordeaux:

Bordeaux is the most extensive fine-wine producing region in the world, with over 120,000 hectares under vine. It owes its enviable international celebrity to the quality of its wines.

  • Common grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon

South West (Sud-Ouest) :

The South West is the 5th largest wine region of France. The area is filled with hidden gems and breath-taking scenery despite being a lesser-known wine region in France.

  • Common grape varieties: Malbec, Tannat

Languedoc-Roussillon :

The South West is the 5th largest wine region of France. The area is filled with hidden gems and breath-taking scenery despite being a lesser-known wine region in France.

  • Common grape varieties: Malbec, Tannat

Corsica (Corse) :

Located in the Mediterranean sea, this 'island of beauty" is home to more than 30 grape varieties thanks to its abundant sunshine and relatively low rainfall compared to the metropolitan.

Interestingly, only a small quantity of varieties are used for AOC wines, while the majority is used for IGP wines.

  • Common grape varieties: Nielluccio, Sciacarello and Vermentino

Provence :

A land with over 2600 years of wine-making history, Provence is the oldest wine producing in France which is also known for their dedication to rosé wine.

 

Rosé account for 88% of provençal wines and it is the only place where they have a rosé research centre!

  • Common grape varieties: Rosé blends (Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, and Mourvèdre)

Rhone Valley :

Located in southeastern France, the 150 mile-Rhône Valley follows the North to South course of the Rhône River, from Lyon to the Mediterranean Sea. There are 2 major areas (Northern and Southern Rhone) in the vally, of which the styles and varietal composition differ.

  • Common grape varieties: Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre

Rhone Valley :

Located in southeastern France, the 150 mile-Rhône Valley follows the North to South course of the Rhône River, from Lyon to the Mediterranean Sea. There are 2 major areas (Northern and Southern Rhone) in the vally, of which the styles and varietal composition differ.

  • Common grape varieties: Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre

Rhone Valley :

Located in southeastern France, the 150 mile-Rhône Valley follows the North to South course of the Rhône River, from Lyon to the Mediterranean Sea. There are 2 major areas (Northern and Southern Rhone) in the vally, of which the styles and varietal composition differ.

  • Common grape varieties: Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre