Appellation Cotes de Provence

the largest appellation in Provence

Created in 1977, the Côtes de Provence appellation is the largest in Provence. Its geographical area includes 85 municipalities of the departments of Var, Bouches-du-Rhone and Alpes-Maritimes.

Spread over 20,000 hectares, the vineyards of the Côtes de Provence is subject to a Mediterranean climate typical of Provence. The sunny climate, dry and windy weather fosters particularly natural viticulture.

According to the ancient Provencal technique of winemaking, each varietal must be vinified separately, thereafter to be blended. This practice provides a perfect balance between acidity, alcohol and tannins.

The wines of appellation Côtes de Provence are produced mainly from Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan and Syrah.


Appellation Coteaux Aix-en-Provence

Sunshine and mistral of Aix-en-Provence

Founded in 1985, the appellation Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence is the second regional appellation in Provence. Its geographical area includes 27 municipalities in the department of Bouches-du-Rhone and two municipalities in the department of Var.

The AOP Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence covers the western part of Lower Provence, from the Sainte-Victoire Mountain range to the Alpilles, thence on to the Blue Coast in the Durance Valley.

Spread over 3,500 hectares, the vineyards of the AOP Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence produces about 150,000 hectoliters per year.

Typical of the Mediterranean climate of Provence, the region is bathed in sunshine and often swept by a strong mistral breezes.

Due to clay-limestone soils, these rose wines are supple and fruity.

Grenache dominates, before Cinsault and Carignan.

Appellation Coteaux Varois en Provence

the newest appellation of Provence

Founded in 1993, the appellation Coteaux varois en Provence consists of 28 dynamic municipalities at the heart of the Var around Brignoles.

Sprawling over 1600 hectares, the vineyard of appellation Coteaux varois produces approximately 100,000 hectoliters per year: 40% red wines, 55% rose wines, and 5% of whites. The basic yield is 55 hl.

Vineyard is benefiting from the Mediterranean mild climate.

Lovely and elegant Coteaux varois rose wines are mainly produced by bleeding. Due to clay-limestone soils, rose wines are supple and fruity.

Four grape varieties dominate: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault.


Appellation Bandol

the oldest appellation of Provence

Appellation Bandol has been recognized by the National Institute of Appellations of Origin since 1941.

Planted by the Greeks, these vines were cultivated by the Romans from the year 125 BC. Since that time, Bandol wines have conquered the market and gained their reputation for quality.

The bouquet and finesse of these wines were appreciated by the royal family and especially by Louis XV who "usually drank the wine carefully prepared from the neighborhood of Rouve".

The remarkable capacity of AOP Bandol wines to travel well and get even better even during long voyages at sea, allowed wine producers to extend its distribution to markets as distant as India and Brazil during the nineteenth century.

The grape varieties grown there include: Mourvedre, Grenache and Cinsault and enjoy a mild climate particularly favorable for the growing of such varietals.

Country wines PGI

protected geographical indication

Wines protected geographical indication are produced in accordance with clearly specified standards and must correspond to the criteria defined for each product. 

PGI is a European quality standard, created in 1992 to distinguish authentic agricultural products and products related to the particular geographical area in which they were cultivated.

Quality Country Wine PGI  are subject to control of yield, minimum alcohol content, volatile acidity, and sulphur dioxide content.

PGI Country wines are subject to verification of their organoleptic qualities by a special tasting commission.

Vineyard is benefiting from the Mediterranean mild climate.

Four grape varieties dominate: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault.


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