History of Wine in France
This may come as a surprise to many people that wine-making has been present in France only for the last 2500 years. Wine came to France when Greeks came and settled in the Southern Gaul region of France. The wines produced by the Gaul region was famous around the world.
The next stage was the middle ages, when the wine in France was produced by Monks and the best wineries were owned by Monasteries. The monasteries had security and resources to ensure that they could produce and maintain a steady supply of wine.
The current French wine Industry is not a very old one. The two world wars had left the French vineyards desolated. Competition from across the globe also threatened the French Wine Industry, which led to the establishment in 1935 of the Appellation d’origine contrôlée to protect French interests. This along with economic revival of the country had lead to the French Wine Industry where it is today.
Why is France famous for Wine