Wines: The Essential Guide to the Wines and Wine Growing Regions of France
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The Provence Wine Trail
Marseille, Cassis, Toulon, Hyères, Saint-Raphaël,
Saint-Tropez, Cannes, Nice: magical names whose mere mention summons
up pictures of the Côte d'Azur, holidays, the sea and the blue
sky.... And in addition to all of its tourist attractions the
region produces very good wines - especially rosés - which are
a wonderful accompaniment to the delicious Provençal cuisine.
Just let your senses be your guide, and you'll not regret you
Provence as a region of vine cultivation is not
at all the same Provence as the one of history. It begins to the
south of Avignon, continues as an extension of the Côtes-du-Rhône
area and stretches over four départements: Gard, Bouches-du-Rhône,
Var and Alpes-Maritimes. From Arles to Aix-en-Provence and on
to Marseille, and from Toulon to Saint-Tropez and on to Nice,
you will discover France's leading tourist region, attracting
hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Its beaches, sun,
sea, coves, inlets, water sports and little Provençal villages
are all utterly essential items on the menu of any visitor.
Gastronomy is not the least of the region's attractions. A bouillabaisse
in a small restaurant overlooking the port in Cassis is alone
well worth the journey to Provence. Not to mention the wines!
For too long they were unjustly denied recognition, and now the
wines of Provence - not just the rosés - deserve your full attention.
A brief history
Centuries-old vineyards whose rich diversity is now beginning
to be discovered...
Because of the large number of grape varieties used and
the diversity of soils and situations, Provence produces an extensive
range of white, rosé and red wines.
Provence boasts four regional appellations (AOC Côtes-de-Provence,
AOC Baux-de-Provence, AOC Coteaux d'Aix and AOC Coteaux Varois)
and four local appellations (Palette, Cassis, Bandol and Bellet).
If you've planned a weekend, a week or a month's
holiday on the Côte d'Azur or in its hinterland, then put aside
a little time to go and explore the wine-producing areas, sample
and buy some excellent red, white or rosé wines, and meet the
growers who will always be pleased to show you around and let
you sample their production.
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