Côtes de Provence
The Côtes de Provence appellation extends over more than 20,000 hectares in 3 French departments: the Var, Bouches du Rhône and an enclave in the Alpes Maritimes, grouping together 84 communes.
The "terroir" (site-specific soils and climatic conditions) of the Côtes de Provence appellation is formed by complex geological features. Two major geological formations coexist in the Côtes de Provence – limestone in the Northwest and crystalline in the Southeast. The entire northwest portion of the Côtes de Provence vineyards is comprised of alternating hills and rocky hogbacks that have been sculpted by erosion. Further East, near the sea, the Maures and Estérel crystalline rock masses emerge, which were partially formed by volcanic eruptions.
A MOSAIC OF TERROIRS
Due to the wide variety of "terroirs" (site-specific soils and climatic conditions) found in the region, there is not one but many different Côtes de Provence, each with its own geological makeup and climate. The appellation includes five major geographical areas [coastal regions, inland valleys, foothills of the high country, the Beausset Basin, and Sainte-Victoire Mountain] which also include three "terroir" denominations with more specialized wine types: Sainte-Victoire, Fréjus, La Londe and Pierrefeu.
CÔTES DE PROVENCE "MAISON DES VINS" (House of wines)
Located right in the heart of the appellation, the Maison des vins Côtes de Provence (Provence House of Wines) was specially designed to help visitors discover the "terroirs" and Côtes de Provence wines, with:
• a wine bar with 800 references on display, sold at direct winery prices,
• oenology classes,
• free tastings of 16 different wines, which change on a weekly basis.
Maison des Vins Côtes de Provence
RN7 - 83460 Les Arcs-sur-Argens - France
Tél : +33 (0)4 94 99 50 20
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Production: 897 000 hectoliters
(nearly 120 million bottles)
89,5 % rosé,
7 % red, 3,5 % white
372 private wineries
38 cooperative wineries
Max. authorized yield: 55 hl/ha
Average yield: 46 hl/ha