Geography

Géographie

Located between the Mediterranean and the Alps, Provence's vineyards extend West to East over approximately 200 kms (120 miles), primarily in the French departments of the Var, Bouches-du-Rhône and, to a lesser extent, in the Alpes-Maritimes.

There are three main appellations in the region (representing 96% of the volume of wines with Provence appellations)

  • THE CÔTES DE PROVENCE APPELLATION
    and the specific denominations of the Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire, Côtes de Provence Fréjus and Côtes de Provence La Londe "terroirs",
  • THE COTEAUX D'AIX-EN-PROVENCE APPELLATION
  • THE COTEAUX VAROIS EN PROVENCE APPELLATION

Each year, 600 winemakers (540 private and 60 cooperative wineries) and 40 buyers/sellers (négociants) produce approximately 170 million bottles (88% Rosé, 9% Red and 3% White) over a total land area of 27,000 hectares. Provence represents 6% of French AOC production for all types of wines. Provence is France's largest producer of AOC rosé wines, representing 40% of domestic production and 5,6% of the world's total Rosé Wine production.

Provence is recognized historically as a producer of Rosé Wines that are pale, fruity and full bodied. But the region's wineries also produce reds that are no less remarkable – powerful and structured wines that can be aged several years – and delicate whites known for their lightness and subtlety.

Carte des Vins de Provence
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