Coteaux Varois en Provence
The "terroir" included in this area of production is located in the predominantly limestone region of Provence, and has been carefully marked out within 28 communes located in the vicinity of Brignoles, the former summer residence of the Counts of Provence. It is known for its mountainous landscape, with peaks from 600 to more than 1,000 meters in the Sainte-Baume chain.
This denomination has more of a continental climate due to the altitude of the vineyards (350 meters on average, with the highest areas reaching 500 meters) and the fact that the surrounding mountains (Sainte-Baume to the West, Bessillons to the North and the Barres de Cuers to the South) separate it from the influences of the sea. Fall and spring are often quite mild, while the summer months are often very hot and dry and the winter extremely harsh, much more so than in the rest of the region.
The Coteaux Varois en Provence terroir owes much of its unique character to its geology: a series of clay-limestone up-thrusts in an East-West direction, alternating with areas of gravel and flint. A high plateau from the Triassic era dominates the South, and it is here that the majority of the Var's waterways have their source. It is separated from the Maures massif by a large depression.
COTEAUX VAROIS EN PROVENCE "MAISON DES VINS" (House of wines)
A true showcase for the Appellation, the Maison des Vins Coteaux Varois en Provence is located right in the heart of an exceptional site in Provence – the "Abbaye Royale de la Celle". A different selection of wines is offered for tasting on a weekly basis in the tasting room, and the Abbey's lands also hold a model vineyard and a conservatory. A wide variety of vine types are presented here in a garden "à la française".
Maison des vins Coteaux Varois en Provence
Abbaye de La Celle - 83170 La Celle
Tél : +33 (0)4 94 69 33 18 - Fax : +33 (0)4 94 59 04 47
E-mail : email@example.com
Land area: 2,500 hectares
Production: 119,000 hectolitres
(nearly 16 million bottles)
90 % Rosé,
7 % Red, 3 % White
75 private wineries
10 cooperative wineries
Maximum authorized yield: 59 hl/ha
Average yield: 47 hl/ha