Eight AOC areas expressing the idiosyncrasies of its diverse terrain.
(3,500 ha) to the north and west of Aix-en-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.
Sliced in two by the Coteaux-Varois region, it stretches from Trets to Saint-Raphaël. Rosés make up 60 % of production.
A subzone north-east of Marseille
A subzone east of côtes-de-provence
1700 hectares north of Toulon, sheltered by the Sainte-Baume hills.
Around the river Durance and the town of Forcalquier.
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)
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)
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.