Alsace is bordered on the West by the Vosges and on the East by the Rhine which separates it from Germany. Alsace is a lovely region with green hills and a semi-continental climate with hot summers and cold winters with frequent snowfall.
Auvergne is famous for its volcanic landscape and spring water. Hot summers and cold winters, living in the Auvergne requires strong character and personality, the local people always offer a warm welcome.
Burgundy spans 225 miles south of Paris. With a continental climate and variety of soils, the region also produces a few of the most exciting wines in the world.
Champagne is east of Paris, along the Marne, Vesle and Aisne Rivers. The weather is quite special with average temperatures of 52 to 53.5 F. In addition to fine cheese, it is also home of one of the most well known wines in the world.
Corsica is affectionately called "L'île de beauté" (The beautiful island). It is in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Nice. In addition to cheeses, the wines produced on the island are delicious, with the best coming from the coast.
Franche-Comté borders Switzerland. It is a region of mountains, woods, plateaus, lakes, waterfalls and pastures and is renowned for its natural beauty. And, probably one of the least explored regions in France.
Ile de France is the capital region of France - Paris, city of art and romance. With its famous monuments such as the Eiffel tower, Louvre, Notre Dame and the river Seine, it is one of the most visited cities in the World.
Loire Valley, in the west central France, is often considered the most beautiful Frensh wine region. It follows the rivewr, starting in the Auvergne and finishing on the Atlantic coast around Nantes city. The landscape is quiet and undulated.
Midi-Pyrenees offers a very contrasted landscape. With mountains that provide excellent skiing, further to the north there are fertile plains beside the rivers for agriculture. Auvergne and finishing on the Atlantic coast around Nantes city. The landscape is quiet and undulated.
Normandy is in the northwest, on the coast of the English Channel. It combines a dramatic coastline with an interior of lush farmland and historic landmarks. Gastronomic delights abound, from fine cheeses to cider and Calvados.
Pas-de-Calais is the most northern part of France, with a coastline on the English Channel. There is an historical influence of the Flemish as the region borders with Belgium. The people of this region are known for being very friendly.
Pays Basque lies inland and is very similar to the other half of the Pyrenees, with rivers, foothills, valleys and mountains. The Pays Basque however, has the added attraction of the Atlantic Ocean and coastline with the western setting sun.
Rhone Alpes/Savoie is vast and varied, with high mountain regions to the east, the river Rhone valley in the centre and the hills of the Ardeche to the west. This region also offers fine wines, including the famous Côte du Rhone.
Abondance (ah bon DAHNS)
Beaufort (BOH for)
Bethmale (bet MAHL)
Bleu d'Auvergne (blue doh VAIRN yeh)
Bleu de Gex (blue de ZHEX)
Brillat-Savarin (bree YA sav ah RAN)
Brocciu (BRO shoe)
Camembert (KAH mun BARE)
Cantal (kahn TAHL)
Chaource (shah OORS)
Comté (kon TAY)
Coulommiers (koo lum ee YAY)
Delice de Bourgogne (de LEES de boor GOHN yuh)
Emmental (EM en tal)
Époisses (a PWASS)
Fourme d'Ambert (foorm don BAIR)
Fromager d'Affinois (fro mah ZHAY dah feen WAH)
Goat's Milk Cheeses
Laguiole (la gee YOHL)
Langres (LON gre)
Livarot (lee vah ROH)
Mimolette (mee moh LET)
Mont d'Or (mon DOOR)
Morbier (mor bee YAY)
Munster (MUHN ster)
Neufchâtel (NU shah TEL)
Ossau-Iraty (OH so ee RAH tee)
Pont l'Evêque (POHN lay VEK)
Port Salut (poor sah LEW)
Raclette (rah KLET)
Reblochon (reh bloh SHOHN)
Roquefort (rohk FOR)
Saint Agur (sahnt ah GOOR)
Saint-Félicien (san fay LEE see en)
Saint-Marcellin (san MAR seh LAN)
Saint-Nectaire (san nek TAIR)
Salers (sah LAIRS)
Tomme de Savoie (TOHM de sav WAH)
Because it is such an important part of the French diet and culture, cheese making has a language of its own. Here are some terms that relate to the process and people involved in The Cheeses of France.
Terroir (teh WAHR)
French Cheese Regions
Cheese Plate Secrets