France is located in Western Europe, sharing borders with, Andorra, Belgium, Luxembourg, Monaco, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Spain. France covers a total area of 551,500 sq km and has an approx population of 62,814,233. Paris is the capital.


Wine Growing Regions

France has thirteen main Wine growing regions.

:
Alsace
Beaujolais
Bordeaux
Burgundy (Bourgogne)
Champagne
Charentes
Corsica (Corse)
Jura-Savoie 
Languedoc-Roussillon
Provence
Sud-Quest
Loire Valley (Val de Loire)
Rhone Valley (Vallee du Rhone)

Wine Classifications

Vin de Table = wine without a geographical indication
Vin de Pays = PGI Protected Geographical Indication
AOC (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlôe)= PDO Protected Designations of Origin

The VDQS (Vin Dôlimitô de Qualitô Superieure qualification will be eliminated after 2011

Regions of France

France has 22 metropolitan regions and 5 overseas regions.

Metropolitan regions:

Alsace
Aquitaine
Auvergne
Basse-Normandie (Lower Normandy)
Bourgogne (Burgundy)
Bretagne (Brittany)
Centre
Champagne-Ardenne
Corse (Corsica)
Franche-Comte
Haute-Normandie (Upper Normandy)
Ile-de-France
Languedoc-Roussillon
Limousin
Lorraine
Midi-Pyrenees
Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Pays de la Loire
Picardie
Poitou-Charentes
Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur
Rhone-Alpes

Overseas Regions:

Guadeloupe
Guyane (French Guiana)
Martinique
Mayotte
Reunion.
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