France produces many of the world’s most well-known and respected wines. The wine regions of Eastern France include Champagne, Alsace, Burgundy, Chablis, the Rhone Valley, and Provence. The history of wine making in this region began more than 2000 years ago, but wasn’t until the 17th century that the famous bubbles of Champagne were discovered. First seen as a flaw in the fermentation method, the bubbles formed during the warm spring thaw were embraced by English royalty and eventually spread to the French royalty.
The wines of Champagne and Alsace are influenced by the cooler temperatures of this northernmost region of France. Here Pinot Noir, Riesling and Chardonnay take center stage. Chardonnay is also presented with bright, crisp acidity in Chablis.