De Pour France | The Ultimate Way To Discover France On A Bike
- France produces over 7 billion bottles of wine per year.
- After Italy France is the world's 2nd largest producer of wine.
- France exports 45.3 million hectolitres per year.
- French wine traces its history back to the 6t century with many history to Roman times.
- The top 5 grape varieties in France: 1) Merlot - 13.6%; 2) Grenache - 11.3%; 3) Ugni Blanc - 9.7%; 4) Syrah - 8.1%; 5) Carignan - 6.9%; 6) White - 24%; 7) Red - 76%.
Wine regions of France
To mark the 100th anniversary of France's legendary "Tour de France" (due to start 29th June), Headwaters "Pour de France" takes in 7 world famous French wine regions...
- Brittany. Visitors to Brittany have long since been seduced by its wonderful scenery, fantastic food and majestic coastline. The vividly contrasting landscapes have made it an artists' haven over the years yet. despite its
popularity. you can still get away from it all and find your own hidden delights.
- Loire. The Loire Valley has a special place in the affections of visitors to France It has one of Europe's most congenial climates, world famous Chateaux and wonderful cuisine. And, of course, its vineyards produce a
bigger variety of wines than any other wine region in the world, always delicious and in good years, amongst France's greatest vintages.
- Provence. Provence is magical - filled to the brim with interest and graced with more than 300 days of sunshine a year. It's a rich mix of pretty villages, colourful markets, beautiful scenery and fascinating historic sites. All
this plus the world-famous Côtes du Rhône vineyards too!
- Alsace. Alsace is one of France's best-kept secrets and the tiny region has its own distinct character. Much of its charm lies in its fairy tale towns and villages - narrow cobbled streets. Gothic churches, cool fountains and
bright flowers Almost everywhere has its caves and some villages have their own vintages that aren't produced anywhere else.
- Jura. Jura is a small region in the mountains where some unique wine styles, notably Vin Jaune and Vin de Paille, are produced. Jura wine, is French wine produced in the Jura département. Due to the colder conditions,
winemakers in the Jura always pick much later, often at the end of October to maximise harvest.
- Burgundy. From the fertile basin around Auxerre, in the north west, and the ancient massifs of Morvan and Charollais in the south. Burgundy is a wonderfully diverse region. It’s been synonymous with "gastronomy and
good living" since Roman times and, in the limestone plateaux of La Cote, some of the world's most expensive wines.
Wines around the world
The top 10 wine-producing countries and their volumes produced in metric tonnes. The total worldwide production of wine is 26.216.967 tonnes with the top ten producing countries accounting for over 85%.
- Italy - 4.580.000 tonnes.
- France - 4.541.820 tonnes.
- Spain - 3.610.000 tonnes.
- USA - 2.211.300 tonnes.
- China - 1.657.500 tonnes.
- Argentina - 1.625.000 tonnes.
- Australia - 1.133.860 tonnes.
- South Africa - 921.000 tonnes.
- Chile - 915.238 tonnes.
- Germany - 720.000 tonnes.
Interesting wine facts
Wine grapes rank number one among the world's fruit crops in terms of acres planted. Which one of our top 5 wine facts ranks number one for you?
- "One ton of grapes makes about 60 cases of wine, or 720 bottles. One bottle of wine contains about 2.8 pounds of grapes".
- "Since wine tasting is essentially wine smelling, women tend to be better wine tasters because women, particularly of reproductive ages, have a better sense of smell than men".
- "The world's oldest bottle of wine dates back to A.D. 325 and was found near the town of Speyer, Germany, inside one of two Roman sarcophaguses".
- "European wines are named after their geographic locations (e.g. Bordeaux) while non-European wines (e.g. Pinot Noir) are named after different grape varieties".
- "An Italian study argues that women who drink two glasses of wine a day have better sex than those who don’t drink at all".
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Sources: Viniflhor stats 2008: Les cepages noirs le vignoble; Wine production (tons). Food and Agriculture Organization, p.28. Retrieved 2012-04-23.