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Our most popular French Vineyard accommodation  properties by number of bookings through www.FrenchVineyard.co.uk in 2015, (including bookings from Ireland, France, Sweden, Finland, Hong Kong, Belgium, Germany, Australia, France, Canada, USA and UK).

Our listings include bed and breakfast (B&B), self-catering cottages and apartments (gites) and hotels/guesthouses throughout all the French wine regions, including some prestigious wine producers in Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne and many lesser-known wine regions in France:

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There are 10 prime  wine growing regions in France, plus a number of smaller areas.  There is commercial wine production in every region of France, except for the five regions bordering on France’s north coast.

For hundreds of years, France basked in the reputation of being the world’s greatest producer of wines. Today, that reputation is being rivalled by other wine-growing nations on four continents, and the French wine industry is facing new challenges. Since the low of 2003, the French wine industry has been trying to reinvent itself, producing new wines for a changing world and European market, while continuing to provide the world’s greatest wines, produced on estates with perfect conditions and centuries of winegrowing tradition. For those who know how to choose, and know something about wines, France still offers some of the greatest wines, with the greatest variety, and – yes ! – excellent value for money, even from the main wine areas.

French wine is produced all throughout France,  France is one of the largest wine producers in the world. French wine traces its history to the 6th century BC, with many of France’s 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 as the Margnat wines were during the post war period.

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. Appellation rules closely define which grape varieties and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France’s several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or even specific vineyards.

France is the source of many grape varieties (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 decline in domestic consumption, while internationally, it has had to compete with the increased success of many new world wines. (wikipedia)