French wines

Ripe Cabernet Sauvignon grapes on the vine

There's no doubt that France is the world's most influential wine producing country. Its Bordeaux and Rhône blends are replicated by winemakers across the world, while its native grape varieties are so popular they're now considered international.

France is known for expensive wines, but there's still some exceptional value to be found – especially if you look at regions like Pays D'Oc IGP. This is where you'll find French versions of wines that have found popularity in the new world, such as Syrah (or Shiraz as it's called in Australia) and Malbec Rosé. Winemakers in this region have a lot more freedom to play, as there are fewer laws governing what they can and can't do.

Although France produces some incredible white wines like Chablis, Picpoul de Pinet and Sancerre, most French people prefer to drink red – switching to crisp rosé during the hot summers. Discover some local favourites in our collection of wines from France.

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