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In Provence, a vineyard that sees life in pink

Under the Sun of Provence, the vine has found a location of choice. Sun, heat and mistral, all between mountains and the Mediterranean: soils and climates come together in a cocktail ideal, responsible for one of the most ancient and productive vineyards of France. Known for its pink fresh and generous wine, the vineyards of Provence has the sweet smell of holidays that we appreciate so much. It is also the origin of red wines and white wines sometimes unsung, often quality. Domain Castle, discover a colourful, bathed vineyards of Sun and joy of living.

General presentation of the vineyards of Provence

The vineyards of Provence is extensive. In the South of the France, he covers the majority of the departments of Provence, namely France, Var, the high and the Alpes-Maritimes.

Its some 30,000 hectares are divided among Arles to the West, South of Avignon and Nice to the East. From the banks of the Durance and the Verdon to the Mediterranean through the slopes of the Alpilles, the Alps and many other mountain ranges, Provence offers a great diversity of landscapes, soils and climates. The result is a rich palette of wines offered in 3 colors with however a large predominance of roses.

The vines of the vineyards of Provence is also diverse. There are more than 20 main varietals. In red, the traditional grape varieties are grenache, the cinsault, syrah, carignan, Mourvèdre, cabernet-sauvignon and tibouren the. White Ugni, clairette, vermentino (or rolle), semillon and bourboulenc are the white grapes used mainly in Provence. This list of grape varieties are other complementary varieties.

Appellations

9 AOC in the Provence Vineyard:

  • 4 regional appellations: sides of Provence, coteaux in Aix-en-Provence, Pierrevert coteaux and coteaux varois in Provence. These vineyards represent the vast majority of the production of wines of Provence.
  • 5 local names: Cassis, Bandol, Palette, the leases-de-Provence and Bellet. These AOC concern a single municipality or several communes.

Sides of Provence

With more than 19 000 hectares, is the largest appellation in the provencal vineyards; it alone accounts for three-quarters of the total production of the region. It concerns more than 80 common of the Var and of France and made a small incursion in the Alpes-Maritimes. The AOC sides of Provence offers a wide variety of labels. The roses provide the reputation of the appellation and constitute 80%of the local wines.

The AOC is enriched by 4 geographical names:

  • Sides of Provence Sainte-Victoire
  • Sides of Provence Fréjus
  • Sides of Provence La Londe
  • Sides of Provence Pierrefeu

Hills of Aix-en-Provence

Between Aix-en-Provence and Marseille, this appellation of more than 4 000 hectares area is also largely dedicated to rosé wines. Grenache, cinsault and syrah are grapes lighthouses of the AOC Aix-en-Provence, which is also responsible for red wines and some white wines.

Hills of Provence leases

South of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Provence leases Castle dominates its rocky promontory the Alpilles and the vineyards that spread on its steep slopes. This AOC has about 250 hectares and it is particularly renowned for its red wines. Grenache, Mourvèdre, cinsault and syrah grapes mostly present here are. However, no white wine can benefit from this appellation.

Coteaux varois in Provence

It is at the foot of the Sainte-Baume, in the vicinity of Brignoles, that unfurl this varois AOC and its 2 250 hectares of vines. It is mainly the origin of rosé wines and red wines in Provence very marked personality.

Pierrevert Coteaux

There is a vineyard of just over 400 hectares, located north of the region around Manosque and Forcalquier, in the Francisco. This altitude vineyard uses the same grapes as the rest of Provence; on the other hand, are red wines that dominate production, followed by rosé wines and, in small quantities, by the white wines.

Bandol

The name of some 1 550 hectares flourishes in the Var, on the Mediterranean Sea, between Cassis and Toulon. It covers 8 communes: Bandol, of course, as well as the Beausset, Cadière of Azur, Evenos, Ollioules, Sanary-sur-Mer, Castellet and Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer. Cultivated in terraces, these traditional terraces of Provence, vineyards allow the production of wine in 3 colors with an international reputation.

Bellet

This small denomination almost confidential and 50 hectares deploys its vineyards on the hills of Nice, the sea and the mountains on the horizon. This AOC has wine in 3 colors; the reds are in the majority.

Cassis

In a postcard setting, between calanques and Cape Canaille, the vineyards of Cassis offers a particularly white wines. Grown based marsanne and clairette, they are often ranked among the best whites of the region. The Cassis AOC also owes its reputation to its rosé wines produced from grenache, carignan, cinsault, carignan and Mourvèdre. For its part, the red wine of this AOC deserves to be known.

Palette

This name takes the name of a hamlet located southeast of Aix-en-Provence. 46 hectares are produced white wines often sought for their high quality. At the foot of the Sainte-Victoire so dear to Paul Cézanne, the vineyard also offers red and rosé wines.