Wine is a great national treasure of France, rooted in its history and an integral part of its culture. There are an incredible half a million vineyards in France, covering 2.5 million acres, producing the equivalent of 10 billion 70cl bottles each year!
The abolition of duty free had a big impact on cross channel day trips, but wine purchased in France is still great value.
We offer advice on the main wine regions, with general information about the region and its best wines, our preferences and recommendations on visits to vineyards, wine museums etc.. We are not wine connoisseurs – we just love wine! For expert advice you should look elsewhere. But for helpful and practical advice follow the links on the map for information on each region….
General advice on wines: We explain everything you need to know about wine including where to buy it from, how to taste and select wines with hot tips on saving money, as well as providing a glossary of common wine terms.
Specialist Wines and Liqueurs: One of the fun things about the wine trade in France is that it has developed many specialities ranging from unusual and fortified wines to liqueurs and spirits. We provided some information on the more common ones.
Our favourite food and wine in France: