France wine map
France wine country map. France wine map (Western Europe - Europe) to print. France wine map (Western Europe - Europe) to download. French wine is produced in throughout France, in quantities between 50 and 60 million hectolitres per year, or 7–8 billion bottles as its shown in France wine map. France is the world largest wine producer. French wine traces its history to the 6th century BC, with many of France regions dating their wine-making history to Roman times. The wines produced range from expensive high-end wines sold internationally to more modest wines usually only seen within France.
Two concepts central to higher end French wines are the notion of "terroir", which links the style of the wines to the specific locations where the grapes are grown and the wine is made, and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system as its mentioned in France wine map. Appellation rules closely define which grape varieties and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or even specific vineyards. Alsace is primarily a white-wine region, though some red, rosé, sparkling and sweet wines are also produced. Beaujolais is primarily a red-wine region generally made from the Gamay grape, though some white and sparkling rosé are also produced.
France is the source of many grape varieties as you can see in France wine map (Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah) that are now planted throughout the world, as well as wine-making practices and styles of wine that have been adopted in other producing countries. Although some producers have benefited in recent years from rising prices and increased demand for some of the prestige wines from Burgundy and Bordeaux, the French wine industry as a whole has been influenced by a slight decline in domestic consumption, as well as growing competition from both the New World and other European countries.
The total French production for the 2005 vintage was 43.9 million hl (plus an additional 9.4 million hl destined for various brandies), of which 28.3% was white and 71.7% was red or rosé as its shown in France wine map. The proportion of white wine is slightly higher for the higher categories, with 34.3% of the AOC wine being white. In years with less favourable vintage conditions than 2005, the proportion of AOC wine tends to be a little lower. The proportion of Vin de table has decreased considerably over the last decades, while the proportion of AOC has increased somewhat and Vin de Pays has increased considerably.