For many people Provence is synonymous with sun, beaches and sea, but it is also a thriving wine region. Bandol is the region’s most recognized appellation with its costal wines made from the Mourvedre grape. The appellation Côtes de Provence is one of the largest appellations in all of France. It extends east of Bandol, between the municipalities of Toulon and Cannes. Provence was long the place of production of cheap rosé wines but the appellation has been revitalized by the arrival of winemakers who recognize the potential of the region and who are determined to improve the quality of the wines. Rosé remains an economically important factor for producers, and quality has improved. The most common grape varieties are Grenache, which brings fruity notes, and Cinsault, for its floral and spicy side.
In Provence the terroirs vary widely between towns, mainly because of geographical and climatic differences. The Côtes du Luberon and Les Baux-de-Provence for example, are more like the Côtes du Rhône, while the vineyards located along the ocean have a Mediterranean climate. One cannot talk of Provence without mentioning the freshening effect of the Mistral wind, that aerates the vineyards and protects them against parasites.
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