French Red Wines
French red wine originated in the 6th century BC, when Greek settlers colonized Southern Gaul. Although wine had been around for thousands of years in the countries surrounding the Mediterranean, France made it a part of their civilization and wine making soon became an art. What made French wed wine stand out from the rest was the Gauls’ cultivation methods; not only did they cultivate wine, but they also pruned it. The pruning process marks an important distinction in the difference between wild vines and wine producing grapes, and made the wines produced in France famous throughout the world. Today, wine is produced throughout France in quantities between 50 and 60 million hectolitres per year, making it one of the largest wine producers in the world. Bordeaux is the red wine hub of France, with more than 10,000 wine growers and more then 60 growing appellations. More than 85% of the wine produced in Bordeaux is red, primarily from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot grapes.