Burgundy is a perennial favorite of many wine lovers and pretty much sets the benchmark for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay worldwide. Terroir (soil type, climate, etc.) reigns supreme in this region, which is often described as firmly rooted in its traditions.
The Rhône river bisects the Rhône valley into two distinct sub-regions—north and south. The indigenous grape varieties Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Viognier and Roussanne, are often referred to as Rhône grapes. While these varieties span the entire length of the valley, there are significant differences between the two zones in climate and geography, as well as the style of wines produced.
Ah, Provence! – the oldest wine-producing region of France. A sunny land braced by the influence of the Mediterranean Sea, and revered for dry, elegant and quenching Rosé wines, which make up almost 90% of the region’s production. But don’t ignore the interesting and flavorful whites and reds – there’s a lot to like in Provence.