Which Are The Wine-Producing Regions Of France
French wine is popular throughout the world and there are eight major wine producing regions of here. France is also the largest producer of wine and the wine making takes place in terroir, a term used for a group of vineyards having similar soil, climate and techniques.
Let’s take a sneak peek into the wine- producing regions of France from where this wonderful and tasty drink comes.
Alsace- Positioned in the north east region of France, Alsace is one of the major wine producing regions in France. With Vosges Mountains on its west and Rhine River on the east, the vineyards get ample water supply and also make Alsace a perfect land for grapes cultivation. Seven grape types are predominant in this area and include the following wines: Riesling fine wine, Gewürztraminer fine wine, Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, Muscat Blanc wine andTokay-Pinot Gris. These wines are mostly white wines with an exception of Pinot Noir. The wines are more alcoholic when compared to German wines.
Bordeaux- A French city, situated to the south west of France, close to Atlantic Ocean, Bordeaux wines are known all over the world. Around one thirds of wine production in France takes place at Bordeaux. The wines from this region pair well with oysters, duck, lamb and mushroom recipes. Some of the popular wines from this region are Merlot, Cabernet-Sauvignon, Cabernet-Franc, Semillon and Sauvignon
Burgundy- Stationed in the central part of East France, Burgundy has semi continental, marine climate with warm summers and cold winters. The soil is not consistent in this region of France and thus both red wines and white wines are produced here.The types of red wines in Burgundy are Pinot Noir and Gamay. The white wines in Burgundy are made from Chardonnay and Aligote. The grapes produced on a small scale are Sauvignon and Grey Sauvignon which are used to make the Saint-bris wine. Red wine can be relished the most with beef. White wine pairs well with grilled fish and oysters.
Champagne- The vineyards of Champagne are known for the bright colored sparkling wines. Situated on the eastern side of Paris, Champagne, shares its border with Belgium. As the region is favorably positioned on the banks of river Marne, the soil is best suited for wine production. Three types of grapes produced in Champagne are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Chardonnay is a white grape used to make the finest Champagne wine. Pinot Meunier is used to make second-grade Champagne. Champagne is generally relished with foie gras, smoked salmon, lobster in white sauce and oysters.
Loire Valley- Loire valley is known for its diverse wine production. Situated on the west of Paris, the valley is situated on the banks of River Loire. The wines produced in this region are light and fruity and are famous for their freshness. Fines Bulles is one of the most relished wines of Loire Valley which goes well with shellfish, ham chicken and rillettes. Sauvignon and Pinot Noir are the red wines of this region. Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon and Melon. Cabernet Franc, Gamay, Cabernet are some of the white wines produced here.
Rhone Valley- This region experiences diverse climate and thus various types of wine are produced here. Full body red wine, medium body red wine, white wine all are produced here. Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadet are the white wines; while Cabernot Franc is the red wine. Full-body white wine is also available in the north and it makes an excellent combination with grilled fish. Full-body red wine pairs well with roasted red meat and game.
Languedoc Roussillon- Sharing its border with Spain along the Mediterranean sea, lies the region of France, known as Languedoc Roussillon. This place is known for its wonderful beaches and enthralling vineyards.The wine produced hare are sweet and fruit flavored. Some red wines of this region are Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. These wines taste well with grilled meat and roasted turkey.
Provence- A French region along the Mediterranean sea is called Provence. Rose de Provence is one of the famous wines produced in Provence. It is a fruity, summer wine that is served with salads and also taken as an appetizer.
France is truly a hub of wines. Enjoy this festive season with some amazing French wines!
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