The VINEYARDS OF Provence



As you can see there is a wide variety of vineyards around Marseille, Aix en Provence, Avignon and Toulon.... which means many opportunities to taste wine !!

Among the best ones :

Châteauneuf du Pape : It is the most renowned appellation of the southern part of the Rhône Valley. The rocks covering the floor are famous for retaining the heat from the plentiful sun, some 2800 hours a year, releasing it at night, ripening the grapes faster that anywhere else. As a result, wines are often high in alcohol, typically 13-15%, and must be minimum 12.5% under the appellation rules. It exists as red and white wine, with the large majority of the wines produced being red. This full bodied, intense and spicy wine has been largely developed under the Popes while they were living in Avignon


Cassis
: The Cassis AOC, located along the coast between Marseilles and Bandol, is unique among Provençal wine region with over 75% of its production being white wine. The soil of this region is primarily limestone which serves well the major white grapes of the area-Clairette, Marsanne, Ugni blanc and Sauvignon blanc. The dry white wines produced in this area are characterized by their full bodies, low acidity and herbal aromas that pair well with the local seafood cuisine like bouillabaisse. In recent years, local consumption has outpaced supply and limited the amount of Cassis wine that could be exported out of France


COTEAUX D'AIX EN PROVENCE
: The Aix vineyards date back to the 6th century BC. Cultivated over time by the Romans, the Medieval monks, and the counts of Provence, the vineyards became known to most of the courts of Europe in the 15th century. In 1985 the area was granted AOC status. Its wines are respected by wine lovers the world over.
Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence rosé and red wines are produced from the same grape varieties. Lively, fruity, and aromatic with a bright pale-pink color, the rosé represents 70 % of the production. Please notice that our rosé isn't sweet.

 

Les baux de provence : These Vineyards, are centered around the hilltop village of Les Baux-de-Provence and are dominated by red wine grape varieties (nearly 80%). the region was granted AOC status in 1995. Vines planted here are mostly typical of the southern Rhône, including Mourvèdre, Syrah, Grenache, Carignan, Cinsault and Counois for reds, with Rolle, Clairette and Ugni Blanc for whites. There are also plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sémillon. The wines tend to display an element of rusticity, with a deal of grippy tannin and little truck with flattering, sweet new oak.

 

bandol : Located near the coast east of Marseille and Cassis, it is one of Provence's most internationally recognized wine regions. Based around the fishing village of Bandol, west of Toulon, the Bandol AOC covers the production of 8 communes with silicon & limestone soils. Those soils and the warm, coastal climate is ideally suited for the late ripening Mourvedre grape which is the major variety of the region. For both the red and rosé wines, Mourvedre must account for at least 50% of the blend, though most producers will use significantly more. Red Bandol wine is characterized by its dark color with rich flavors of black fruit, vanilla, cinnamon and leather that usually require at least 10 years of aging before they fully develop. Prior to release, the wine is required to spend at least 18 months aging in oak.

In almost all the itineraries, we can include a wine tasting. It is also possible to design a specific wine tour. Contact us for more.

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