The top-ten grape varieties in France

France has 806,000 hectares planted with vines. This area includes about 70,000 hectares used for Cognac. Three grape varieties take up one third of this area: Merlot (112,000 hectares), Ugni Blanc (82,000 hectares, which is used mainly for Cognac) and Grenache (81,000 hectares).

After the top three follow Syrah (64,000), Chardonnay (51,000), Cabernet Sauvignon (48,000), Cabernet Franc (33,000), Carignan (33,000), Pinot Noir (32,000) and Sauvignon Blanc (30,000). 70% of the total French vineyards are planted with these top ten grape varieties.

In summary:

  1. Merlot
  2. Ugni blanc
  3. Grenache
  4. Syrah
  5. Chardonnay
  6. Cabernet sauvignon
  7. Cabernet franc
  8. Carignan
  9. Pinot noir
  10. Sauvignon blanc


Vineyard in Franschhoek with merlot at Rickety Bridge

Vineyard in Franschhoek with merlot at Rickety Bridge, copyright BKWine Photography

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