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Compared to the other wine-making nations, France is considered one of the leading manufacturers of wine both in quantity and quality. The amount of wine produced in France annually is astonishing, at around 50 million to 60 million hectolitres per year, equal to eight billion bottles. Culturally, wine has a deep-rooted influence on the French society; traditionally enjoyed by both the privileged and the peasantry, wine is a symbol of identity for the French.

The French climate has a significant role to play in the wine-making process. It is this climate that helps winemakers to produce a wide range of diverse and delicious French wines. Situated in the northern region of France, the Champagne region is quite cool, whereas the climate of Rhone Valley is drier and warmer, which is 350 miles south-east. Bordeaux benefits from the water-bodies around it, to the west the Atlantic Ocean and a range of rivers flow close to vineyards. Burgundy and Alsace on the other hand situated are situated further east where grape yields are governed by drier summers and colder winters. In the south, the climate is more Mediterranean, distinguished by hotter summers and gentle rainy winters.

Each region produces its own variety of grapes which are eventually used to prepare French traditional wines. It all depends on a region’s terroir. A wine’s terroir is the general climate, the condition of the soil, the vineyard slope and elevation from sea level.

In years gone-by, wine-growers used to select from a wide selection of grape varieties, choosing whatever was available at the time, this was until the advent of more proficient wine husbandry. Due to these practices, some grapes adapted to become compatible with each region's local soil and climate, for example Pinot Noir and Burgundy. Over time, each region has developed respective rules regarding wine production and growing.

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French wines are not generally named according to provenance. As an alternative, the region a wine originates from is labelled on the bottle; look out for the label ‘Appellation d'Origine Contr?l?e’. If a bottle is labelled ‘Red Burgundy’, then it’s referring to the Pinot Noir grape, whereas if the label reads white Burgundy, then it’s the Chardonnay grape. The quality of wine prepared in Burgundy is categorised by 4 major tiers based on the types of grapes used and the specific location within Burgundy.

Combinations of different grapes are used in production by winemakers in Bordeaux. In a typical bottle of red wine, a set of four to five grapes may have been used. Out of this set which grape is dominant in flavour depends on the provenance of the bottle.

Not every sparkling wine from France is Champagne, only wine made in the province of Champagne has the honour of being named Champagne.

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