French wine is produced all throughout France, in quantities between 7–8 billion bottles a year and is one of the largest producers. France can trace its wine history to the 6th Century BC, with many regions dating to Roman times.
There is a certain mystique surrounding French wine. Long regarded (by the French) as the best in the world, it can also feel inaccessible, the wines obscure and the labelling opaque.
Understanding regions is the key to understanding French wine. In France, wine is viewed as an expression of where it was created rather than just the grapes used — wine is consequently organised not by grape, but by region and producer.