France, the home of widely loved Champagne, Bordeaux and Burgundy wines, is globally renowned with possessing the most famous wine producers in the world.
For many centuries, it has greater quality and quantity than any other nation. Wine is an essential part of French culture and is the common drink across all social classes. French wines can range from high-end premium wines for the global investment market, to distinctive wines exclusive within its country for everyday consumption. It has a long wine-making history traces back to ancient Roman times.
Consumer preferences encourage the development of new styles of wine from the territory and grape varieties available to France’s regions, each sub-region can be defined by its particular geographical features, which in turn create specific characteristics in the wines produced there.
The appellation system of France - Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC), which covers entire regions, individual villages or even specific vineyards, describes the grape varieties and winemaking practices. It is developed in the early 20th century and is followed by many other countries. This system defines each wine region and enforces strict rules around winemaking practices.
The key objectives of this appellation system protects the names of French wines and assuring the quality and origin of the products. Most of the prestige wines come from Burgundy and Bordeaux. The wines are now benefited from its rising value and increasing demand from the Asian market.