France has the largest wine production of any country in the world, producing between seven to eight billion bottles every year. There are a number of wine making regions dotted around France with some areas being dated as far back as 600 BC.

The wines produced today vary across the gambit of the pricing structure with both expensive and lower priced wines available worldwide. In recent years, France has had to adapt to match the rest of the emerging world in wine production and distribution as the world grows smaller with modern technologies.
In the recent past, the French have been very protective of their origins and wine naming conventions, and with good reason, protecting such famous names as Bordeaux, Champagne and Burgundy.

The guidelines used to protect naming origins and winemaking for French regions is known as the Appellation d'Origine Controlee (AOC) system. The body in charge of the AOE guidelines determines exactly which winemaking practices and grape varieties are allowed to be used in each region.

Another French term that is held close to the heart is “terrior” which is used to indicate the natural growing conditions of the vineyard, such as soil, temperature and slope of the land.

A good portion of the most popular gape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah all originally hail from the vineyards of France. As exploration and colonization spread across the globe, these popular varieties of grape were brought along and planted in numerous ‘new wold’ countries.

The spread of grapes across many countries also brought with it a number of winemakers armed with the knowledge of French winemaking techniques.

The long and proud history of French wine has added to its mystique. It has managed to stay at the forefront of wine sales, grape varieties and wine production levels. On top of all of this, it has managed to retain the pole position while still adhering to its age old winemaking traditions.

Its little wonder why French wine remains in high demand across the world.

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