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French wine history spans a period of at least 2600 years when present day France was part of the Gaul region and inhabited by Celtic tribes. During this period in 6th century BC, wine was an important part of domestic life, besides the commercial and civilization missions of the Ancient Greeks and Romans, who introduced it to their new colonies and later planted vineyards. Though grapes have been cultivated in this region before 6th century BC, the Romans were largely responsible for planting vineyards throughout the region of ancient France, and the first wines known to have reached this region came from Etruria in central Italy, the territory that is now Tuscany. Today these areas have become the well known wine regions of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhône, Alsace, Champagne, Loire Valley, Languedoc and Provence.
The wine regions in France experience a wide variation in climate, soil and traditions. Additionally, the difference in orientation of the vineyards, hills, slopes and prevailing winds play an important factor in the micro-climate of the vineyards therefore producing wines of different types and quality across different regions and appellations. Each of these wine regions and appellations has its own history, and their collective histories make up the history of French wine.
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