France is the home of the world-famous regions of Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne and is arguably the world’s most important wine producing country. For centuries, it has produced wine in greater quantity and reportedly greater quality than any other nation, although in terms of quantity Italy has taken the lead.
The diversity of French wine is due, in part, to the country’s wide range of climates. Champagne, its most northerly region and has one of the coolest climates anywhere in the wine-growing world in stark contrast to the warm, dry Rhone Valley 350 miles away in the south-east.
Every year France produces more than 6500 million bottles of wine from around 1.9 million acres of vineyards.
Join us to learn more about this phenomenal wine producing nation and rediscover some the now more forgotten grape varieties overshadowed by the new world’s continued development.