The Côtes de Provence appellation is one of the largest in all of France. The scent of lavender, thyme and other wild herbs floating in the air brings some relief during the hot season. Despite their high quality, the burly red wines that are made with the Mourvèdre and Cinsault grapes have never really obtained recognition because the majority of residents and tourists prefer to sip rosé in this Mediterranean climate. The mass production of rosés saw an unfortunate decrease in quality and this image has been difficult to shake off. Fortunately, the last few decades have seen a resurgence of producers who are committed to increasing the quality of the wines and the reputation of the appellation.
More than 21,000 hectares of vineyards are classified as AOC Côtes de Provence, and many more estates produce Vins de Pays. In Provence the temperature regularly goes above 30° C, making it difficult for winemakers to retain a crisp acidity in their wines. Fortunately, the Mistral sweeps across the region bringing a certain freshness and maintaining the health of vines. The Côtes de Provence appellation is so large and has so many variations that negotiations are taking place to divide it into smaller, distinct appellations.
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