With the largest and arguably the most important wine producing region in the world, Western France is famous for wine. Regions include the Loire Valley, Cognac, Bordeaux, Armagnac and Languedoc-Roussilon. While most wine regions in France grew to popularity under the control of the local monks, the Bordeaux region was popularized by the local merchants. Recognizing an opportunity in England, they began the export of “Claret” and established their wines and the finest in the world.
With more than 7,000 chateaux, Bordeaux produces more wine than any other region in the world. It also boasts some of the most expensive wines. But the other regions should not be overlooked: Languedoc-Roussilon is the largest wine producing region in the world in total acres planted; and the Loire Valley produces such famous wines as the Sancerre, Vouvray and Muscadet.