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With over 10,000 winegrowers and over 60 diverse growing appellations, it is no wonder that Bordeaux is the red wine round of France. Over 85% of the wine produced in Bordeaux is red, primarily from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot grapes. The two prevailing red wine-producing subregions of Bordeaux are aptly referred to as “left bank” and “right bank.”
The French wine-growing region of Burgundy is legendary for both red Burgundy (Pinot Noir) and white Burgundy wines (Chardonnay). Burgundy lies on the eastern side of France and covers just over 100 miles. The dominating grape varietals grown in this region are Pinot Noir (making Red Burgundy wines), Chardonnay (making White Burgundy wines), and Gamay (making Beaujolais).
The Rhone Valley
The Rhone Valley lies in southeastern France, providing distinct growing conditions to produce some of France’s best bargain red wines. Grenache, Syrah, and Viognier are the primary grape varietals grown in this region.
Unlike the rest of France, Alsace names its wines by grape varietal instead of just place names of origin. White wines comprise the vast majority of Alsace wines. Gewurztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Riesling are the most noteworthy of the Alsace varietals.
The Loire Valley
Known for its white wines, mainly Sancerre, Vouvray, Pouilly-Fume (pronounced “Poo-wee Fu-may”), and Muscadet, the Loire Valley rests on the northwest side of France, beginning just inland from the Atlantic and running the length of the Loire River. The wines from the Loire Valley come in a vast array of styles, from dry to sweet, and from predominately white to sparkling. Wines from the Loire are often, but not always, crafted in a lighter style due in part to the region’s cooler climate.
The beautiful French wine-growing region of Provence is known predominantly for its rosé wines.