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Côtes de Provence

Pleasure Wine: Côtes de Provence

 

Discover the Côtes de Provence appellation

 

The Côtes de Provence appellation is solely produced in the 19,300 hectares vineyard of Provence, which stretches across 84 villages and three departments: the Alpes Maritimes, the Var and the Bouches du Rhône. The Côtes de Provence AOC makes up 75% of the total Provence wine output, which amounts to more than 900,000 hectoliters of wine each year (90% of which is rosé wine).

Here, winemaking started around 600 BC, when the Greeks settled in the city of Massalia (the former name given to Marseille). Back then, the very first vineyards were planted along the coast and the wine trade quickly started to boom in the region. It would soon bear fruits, as wine was one of the main reasons why the Gauls (who were seen as barbarians by the Romans) slowly adapted to the benefits of the Greek lifestyle.

Today, there are 48 wine estates located in the Côtes de Provence, among which huge names such as Miraval, Minuty, Esclans… The sunny vineyard they work on is mainly composed of limestone and marls. Fun fact: the region is the first producer of French rosé wine, as 40% of the national production comes from there. Which means that nearly one rosé wine bottle out of two was made in the Côtes de Provence!

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