Wines of Provence

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    © B.Béchet/CRT PACA

Wines of Provence

In the 4th century BC, in the Greek era, the vine was already cultivated in Marseille. Generous, the southern territory of Provence today produces the appellations Côtes de Provence in its three colors: red, white and rosé, and extends over the departments of Var and Bouches-du-Rhône.

Two large geological areas meet, one is crystalline, the other is calcareous. Covered with garrigues and scrubland, these shallow terrains are perfectly suited to cultivate vines. But the climate also plays a major role in the crops success. The high summer temperatures, the autumnal precipitation added to the mistral wind which blows on the plains make it possible to obtain a grape of excellent quality.

Provence wines draw their singularity from a unique and diversified climate. The vineyards are divided between the sea and the mountains and benefit of almost 2900 hours of sunshine per year. The most common red and rosé varieties are Syrah, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon. Regarding the different types of white grapes, there are 5 major varieties of grapes: Rolle, Ugni Blanc, Clairette, Sémillon and Doillon, each bringing aromas and flavors that characterize Provence wines.

Many roads lead to hidden estates, restaurants that offer wine pairings, vineyard walks, vineyard discoveries  by electric bike and cultural, musical and artistic gatherings in vineyards.

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