Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire

Officially recognized in 2005, the Côtes de Provence Saint-Victoire appellation is located east of Aix-en-Provence, at the foot of the Sainte-Victoire mountain.

These vineyards grow in more of a continental climate. Protected to the south from the effects of the sea by the Aurélien and Sainte-Baume mountains, it covers the slopes of the upper Arc river valley. The rocky hogbacks of Sainte-Victoire also protect this continental micro-climate, helping to reduce the intensity of the Mistral wind while still allowing the vines to benefit from its cleansing qualities. The Côtes de Provence Saint-Victoire vineyards, like all the vineyards in Provence, are considered to be some of the most natural in France due to the drying effects of the Mistral wind.

The soils are poor and shallow, formed by limestone and argillaceous sandstone.

KEY FIGURES

Hectolitres a Year:

22,000

Bottles a Year:

Approximately 3 million

Hectares of Vineyards:

506

Wine Production:

rosé and red

Producers:

9 communes (Châteauneuf-le-Rouge, Le Tholonet, Meyreuil, Peynier, Puyloubier, Rousset and Trest, Pourcieux and Pourrières), 17 private wineries, 5 cooperative wineries

Maximum Authorised Yield:

50hl/ha

Average Yield:

43hl/ha