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Discovering the Region
A tour of our local wineries is the best way to get to appreciate the wines and region of Provence.
A little history...
Wine production in Provence started around 2,600 years ago. This makes Provence historically one of the first wine making areas in France. The vines, along with the other typical Mediterranean plants, olives and figs, were introduced by the Greek founders of Marseille, Nice and Antibes.
After the different problems of the 19 th century, the vineyards were restructured to meet the massive national demand in table wine. As of 1955 steps were taken to improve the quality of the wines and 1977 saw the birth of the Côtes de Provence appellation.
Over the years local wine making has experienced ups and downs but Provence wines are increasingly popular, partly thanks to its world renowned Rosé. The appellation now covers over 20,000 hectares for 400 producers. All the producers continue to apply the latest oenological technology to their traditional know-how to increase the quality of their wines.
And geography ...
The Provencal vineyard stretches from the south of Avignon to the pre-Alps of the Riviera. Past geological events, essentially the rise of the Alps, have shaped the landscape with low lying mountains, criss-crossed by deep gorges and alluvial plains. The vegetation is a blend of Mediterranean garrigue and pine and oak forests.
This results in the typical landscape of Provence, with its fortified villages, castles, vineyards and forests. The diversity of scenery can also be found in the terroir. This varies from flint soils, sand alluviums to limestone clays. These variations can be found in the different wines, and is what makes winemaking in Provence so interesting.
The sunny Mediterranean climate with its dry summers and damp winters is perfect for grapegrowing. The climate associated with different soils and other natural influences (proximity to the sea, exposure to the Mistral wind) increases the differences in wines styles.
... To get to know the wines of Provence
The specificities of Côtes de Provence wines are explained by its history and complex geography. This terroir, combined with the local wine makers experience allows the production of unique, world class wines.
This is why a day discovering the great wines of the Côtes de Provence is a great day out.
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