France is the second largest wine producer country of the world and one where the wine culture has had the greatest influence over time on all other countries.

Bordeaux is probably the most famous wine region in the world, notable for red wines from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and sometimes Cabernet Franc.

Red and white wines are equally important in Bourgogne and Jura, in central-eastern France, where Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Aligoté are predominant.

Loire Valley is famous for whites like Sancerre (Sauvignon Blanc), Chenin Blanc and Muscadet (Melon de Bourgogne), while Syrah and Grenache are common in the Rhône Valley.

The coldest regions are Alsace, land of white wines from Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris and Pinot blanc, and Champagne, home to France major sparkling wine.

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