Wine by Region
Wine By Region Europe
This site focuses on the world's most famous wine region: France. Europe also features a number of other world-renowned wine regions, notably Italy, Spain and Portugal. Click here to explore the countries of Europe where fine wines are made.
Other areas of the world where excellent wines are being produced include Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina, Chile, and California, Oregon and Washington in the United States. Along with France and the other European wine countries, these locations are the world's most well-known wine regions.
Although there is some debate, France is widely regarded as the world's top wine region. In order to improve your wine IQ, you must become familiar with the varied wines of France. This is not an easy task because France has many different wine producers and a wide variety of products. A basic understanding of the French countryside, its grapes and châteaux, is a challenge. However, the result will be a pleased palate and an elevated wine IQ.
For the purpose of wine production, France is divided into 13 regions: Alsace, Beaujolais, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Corsica, Jura, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Provence, Rhône, Savoie, and the Southwest. Each of these regions has its own particular climate, terrain, geography, and soil. This is known as the terroir, the set of viticultural conditions that imparts distinctive flavors to the wines from each region.
Château Smith Haut Lafitte. Photo by Benjamin Zingg. License: Creative Commons SA 2.5 Generic.
Click here to enter the region of France and explore the subregions and their wonderful wines.