If you are a lover of wine, there is no better place to visit that France and with some incredible vineyards that cover the landscape. As a wine enthusiast you have probably had the dreaded spillage of some great red wine all over your carpet. A few things dash through your mind when this happens – how can that incredible wine have been wasted and I had better get on the phone to a Carpet Cleaning Cheltenham company as without their professional knowledge that stain is going to spread. French wine is incredibly popular and adorns the shelves of many supermarkets and wine warehouses here in the UK.
Wine, for commercial purposes is grown in every region of France except those on the north coast area. In the past France was lorded as the win producing capital of the world but in more recent years, they have been challenged by other countries across the globe. In order to remain as popular as it always was, the French wine sector has diversified the types of wines it produces as well as producing new wines for modern drinkers. These new wines are being produced on the same large vineyard estates that centuries worth of wine has been produced.
Here are a couple of the most well-known regions producing wine:
Bordeaux – This is one of the most famous wine areas of France and it is the only one that has access directly to the sea helping with the immediate export of the wine that is grown and produced. This region became the main wine supplier for England following on from the marriage of Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine to King Henry II in 1152. The marriage led to the integration of society and the economy into the Anglo-Norman way of life. The Bordeaux variety of wines are more commonly known in England as ‘clarets’. The vineyard regions following along the coastline of Bordeaux as well as the rivers of Garonne and Dordogne and the Gironde estuary. If you are looking for a great wine from this region those that were produced in 2009 are said to be exceptional in both taste and quality.
Champagne – This vineyard is located in the most northern of areas. Unlike traditional wines Champagnes are a blend of wines. These can be non-vintage champagnes which are blended across different growing years, or vintage which is a bend of wines from the same harvest. Champagnes are the ranked in terms of their quality. This is due to the fact that the grape harvest will vary in quality each year and the skills of the blender will also differ. The highest quality blend being Krug. The distinctive taste of genuine Champagne is as a result of the growing conditions of the region along with the chalky soil that the grape plants are grown in.