For centuries France has been a hub of viticulture and wine winemaking. Much of the world’s premium wines are French and being the world’s second largest producer of wine by volume, the country also produces a large amount of bulk and everyday drinking wines. The French can be credited for creating the appellation wine law; this model has been implemented in many winemaking regions throughout Europe and the rest of the world as a way to ensure quality by setting standards in the vineyard, winemaking and labelling of wines.
France is home to a variety of climates and geography. This broad range of conditions allows for numerous styles of wines to be produced, ranging from the crisp, refined sparkling wines of the Champagne region to big, bold, complex Bordeaux red blends. One could explore almost every style of wine, without leaving the country of France.