France is renowned for producing some of the best wines in the world and it is home to prestigious winemaking regions that everyone easily recognizes, such as Champagne, Burgundy and Bordeaux and the sense of clout that comes with those names. Not to mention, many varieties that first rose to prominence in France, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, have now become “international varieties” because of their popularity. Many of France’s winemaking practices and styles have also been adopted around the world for the quality wines they produce.
For keeping the wine and terroir character, France is divided into wine producing areas by the Institut National des Appellations d'Origine and strict rules apply on the wine-making process if a vineyard wants to produce a high appellation wine. The most notorious regions are: