France | Provence
The vineyards of Provence are located between the Mediterranean and the Alps, extending some 120 miles west to east and located primarily in the French departments of the Var, Bouches-du-Rhone and the Alpes-Maritimes.
Provence is known for its extremely varied landscape, the "Mistral" winds, and its hot, sunny and dry climate, which all play a part in the unique character of the region's wine. There are three main appellations in the region (representing 96% of the volume of wines with Provence appellations): The Côtes de Provence; The Coteaux D’Aix-En-Provence; The Coteaux Varois en Provence.
Although Provence is recognised historically as a producer of world class rosé wines, that are pale, fruity and full bodied, the region's wineries also produce some outstanding reds that are powerful well structured and that can be aged several years – and delicate whites known for their lightness and subtlety.