French wines

France has the world’s second-largest total vineyard area, behind Spain and competes with Italy for the position of being the world’s largest wine producer.  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 today range from expensive high-end wines sold internationally, to more modest wines usually only seen within France. The advance of the French wine industry stopped abruptly as first Mildew and then Phylloxera spread throughout the country and across all of Europe, leaving vineyards desolate.  France was also impacted economically by the two world wars, and the French wine industry didn’t fully recover for decades.  This resulted in the establishment in 1935 of the Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée to protect French interests.

France is the source of many grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Syrah that are now planted throughout the world, as well as several wine-making practices and styles of wine that are copied and imitated in other producing countries.  Most varieties of grape are primarily associated with a certain region, such as Cabernet Sauvignon in Bordeaux and Syrah in Rhône.  Traditionally, many French wines have been blended from several grape varieties.   There are many wine regions in France, such as Alsace, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Loire, Provence, and Rhone.

We currently carry the following wines from France:

The Abarbanel

Abarbanel Beaujolais Villages

Abarbanel Cabernet Merlot

Abarbanel Cabernet Sauvignon