Provence, country of cicadas and pines, watered by rare, but sometimes intense rains, fiery winds, dressed in rocks and bordered by the sea to the south. Since antiquity, the vine and the olive tree have been there, starting from the Alpilles, south of Avignon, to Nice.
In Provence, we find the three colors of wine, but it is the rosé which is the majority. Indeed, the region is the main in France to offer this type of wine. The Mediterranean climate brings number of Profits at the vineyard, which makes the unique wines.
Take advantage of a Provençal trip that takes you in the footsteps of Pagnol, to discover and taste the wines of AOC Côtes-de-Provence and AOC de Provence, in idyllic landscapes, while taking the time to visit, throughout the tourist route of Provence wines, picturesque villages perched on the Mediterranean coast.
Browse the coastal vineyards between Nice and the Rhône Delta for about two hundred kilometers from east to west by crossing the departments of Var, Bouches-du-Rhône and Vaucluse.
The names of Provence wines.
Provence offers a wide range of grape varieties such as Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Cabernet-Sauvignon among others for Reds and Rosés and the White Ugni, White Grenache, Clairette, Sémillon , or the Bourboulenc for whites.
Even if he'We produce the three colors there, it is the rosés that dominate and make Provence the first region in France with almost 90 % of its wine production, or around one hundred and fifty million bottles per year.
The region has eight appellations: Bandol, them Baux-de-Provence, Bellet, Cassis, the hillsides of Aix-en-Provence, them Coteaux-Varois-en-Provence, them Côtes-de-Provence and Palette. The hillsides of Aix-en-Provence, the Côtes-de-Provence and the Var hillsides are the three main AOCs offering a wine route.
Discovering the wines of the Aix-en-Provence hillsides and the Côtes-de-Provence.
Bordered by the Durance in the North and the Mediterranean to the south, by the Rhone plains to the west and Provence to the east, go to meet winegrowers around Aix-en-Provence, in natural sets immortalized by Cézanne and enjoya tasting in their cellars or comfortably installed under a arbor. Also remember to stop at the Sainte-Victoire mountain to enjoy its Magnificent panorama.
By taking the direction of the Côtes-de-Provence, stop tasting the fabulous wines of bandol and blackcurrant along the Mediterranean coast and visit Saint-Tropez. A sunshine which will take you to the heart of the Côtes-de-Provence vineyard, the Moors massif and Estérel.
The Côtes-de-Provence appellation is on three departments, the Var, the Bouches-du-Rhône and the Alpes-Maritimes. The vine dresses the landscape, along the Calanques de Marseille in Nice and going up the Arc and Argens valleys.
Discovering Var wines.
At the foot of the Sainte-Baume chain, former summer residence of the Counts of Provence, theEs Coteaux-du-Varois are located in around thirty municipalities representing nearly 1,700 hectares of vines. Discover the Saint-Maximin abbey nestled in the Saint-Baume massif.
On the Route des Vins en Provence-Alpes-Côte d´Azur.
In this region, the vineyard is large, but some tourist sites are essential.
To the west, Aix-en-Provence and its shaded places, the Sainte-Victoire mountain, the Alpilles and the village of Baux-de-Provence in the heart of the eponymous vineyard. Then near the Var, Brignoles, Bandol and Cassis hillsides for their renowned beaches and wines.
In the east, Saint-Tropez for its vineyard producing very beautiful wines, Ramatuelle, the Hyères region, Fréjus and its Roman amphitheater among others.
The tour of vineyards by bike or on foot.
Bike walks, but also hikes are ideal for discovering the Provençal vineyard and the climate of the south of France lends itself perfectly. Take part in Large annual winegrowers From Sainte-Victoire and browse a circuit taking you to the cellars and areas to meet the winemakers and enjoy the animations around wine: blind tastings, food and wine agreements ...
Also note, in the heart of Dracénie, the green way "La Vigne à bike" combines promenade and wine tourism And offers immersion in the Provencal hinterland.