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Provence’s vineyards

Provence’s vineyards cover four ‘departments’.

(West to east: the Bouches-du-Rhône, Var, Vaucluse and Alpes-Maritimes)

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Eight AOC areas expressing the idiosyncrasies of its diverse terrain.

Coteaux-d'Aix-en-Provence
(3,500 ha) to the north and west of Aix-en-Provence

Les Baux-de-Provence
Based around Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, the area’s winegrowers are adopting a collective approach focusing on biodynamic viticulture.
The wines differ depending on which side of the Baux valley, north or south.

Côtes-de-Provence
Sliced in two by the Coteaux-Varois region, it stretches from Trets to Saint-Raphaël. Rosés make up 60 % of production.

Côtes-de-Provence Sainte-Victoire

A subzone north-east of Marseille

Côtes-de-Provence Fréjus
A subzone east of côtes-de-provence

Coteaux-varois
1700 hectares north of Toulon, sheltered by the Sainte-Baume hills.

Coteaux-de-Pierrevert
Around the river Durance and the town of Forcalquier.

Bandol
Bandol’s speciality is reds thanks to the Mourvèdre grape variety, capable of producing age-worthy wines after 18 months ‘softening up’ in large oak casks.


Hush-hush wine areas (total 400 ha)

Cassis (whites)

http://www.maisondesvinscassis.com/

Palette (next door to Aix-en-Provence, reds), north-facing including the eminent Château Simone

Bellet (just above Nice) (particularly its whites mostly made from Rolle)

http://www.vinsdebellet.com/


A few châteaux worth looking at and tasting

Château de Berne in Lorgues

Château de Saint-Martin in Taradeau

Commanderie de Peyrassol in Flassans sur Issole.


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