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French Wine

France is one of the oldest wine producing countries in Europe. Wine has been used and produced in monasteries since the Middle Ages. During that this period the majority of vineyards were bought by the monasteries who produced good wines. But with the French Revolution many vineyards owned by monasteries were confiscated.

As with food, there are wines for each region, Bourdeaux, Burgundy and so on. Another French drink is champagne or white wine, both of which are important agricultural products. The wine regions in France are: Alsace, Beaujolais, Bergerac, Bordeaux, Bourgogne, Champagne, Jura, Loire Valley, Rhone Valley and the Languedoc-Roussillon region.

You can ask for a glass of wine in any city. It's well known that many French people drink wine everyday, but you had better remember that drink driving can cost you many penalties points.

There is a strong relationship between food and wine in France. Maybe this is because wine and food have evolved alongside one another. That's why some of the best French recipes have wine as an important ingredient. It's often said that for every food there is the perfect wine. In fact, in France wine is drunk as an aperitif.

The different types of wine depends on the variety of grapes, for example within the Red grape varieties there are:
  • Cabernet franc, grown in Bordeaux, Charentes, Sud-Ouest, Val de Loire
  • Cabernet sauvignon, grown in Bordeaux, Charentes, Languedoc - Roussillon, Provence, Sud-Ouest, Val de Loire
  • Carignan, grown in Languedoc - Roussillon, Provence, Vallée du Rhône
  • Cinsaut, grown in Languedoc - Roussillon, Provence, Vallée du Rhône
  • Gamay, grown in Beaujolais, Bourgogne, Jura - Savoie, Sud-Ouest, Val de Loire
  • Grenache, grown in Languedoc - Roussillon, Provence, Vallée du Rhône
  • Grolleau, grown in Bourgogne, Val de Loire
  • Merlot, grown in Bordeaux, Charentes, Languedoc - Roussillon, Sud-Ouest
  • Mourvèdre, grown in Languedoc - Roussillon, Provence, Vallée du Rhône
  • Pinot noir, grown in Alsace, Bourgogne, Champagne, Jura - Savoie, Val de Loire
  • Sciacarello, grown in Corse
  • Syrah, grown in Languedoc - Roussillon, Provence, Sud-Ouest, Vallée du Rhône
  • Tannat, grown in Sud-Ouest, Val de Loire

And in the white grape varieties there are:
  • Aligoté, grown in Bourgogne
  • Chardonnay, grown in Alsace, Bourgogne, Champagne, Jura - Savoie, Languedoc - Roussillon, Provence, Val de Loire
  • Chenin, grown in Languedoc - Roussillon, Sud-Ouest, Val de Loire
  • Gewurztraminer, grown in Alsace
  • Marsanne, grown in Languedoc - Roussillon, Provence, Vallée du Rhône
  • Mauzac, grown in Languedoc - Roussillon, Sud-Ouest
  • Melon, grown in Val de Loire
  • Muscat blanc, grown in Alsace, Corse, Provence
  • Petit Manseng, grows in Sud-Ouest
  • Pinot gris, grown in Alsace
  • Riesling, grown in Alsace
  • Rolle ou Vermentinu, grows in Corse, Provence, Vallée du Rhône
  • Roussanne, grown in Languedoc - Roussillon, Vallée du Rhône
  • Sauvignon blanc, grown in Bordeaux, Bourgogne, Languedoc - Roussillon, Provence, Sud-Ouest, Val de Loire, Vallée du Rhône
  • Sémillon, grown in Bordeaux, Charentes, Sud-Ouest, Val de Loire




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