Côtes de Provence

Situated in the western section of Provence, the Côteaux d’Aix-en-Provence vineyards extend from the Durance River in the north to the Mediterranean Sea in the south, from the Rhône Valley in the west to the Sainte-Victoire mountain in the east. The vineyards benefit from an average of 2,900 hours of sunshine a year and a Mediterranean climate that is cooled by intense northerly Mistral winds. Rainfall is low at only 550-68mm a year, and occurs mainly in spring and autumn.

The soils of the Côtes de Provence appellation range from predominantly limestone in the north-east, to crystalline in the south-east, and while the north-east portion of the vineyards lies on alternating hills and rocky limestone hogbacks, crystalline rock masses formed by volcanic eruptions emerge the further east one travels along the coast.

Within this appellation can also be found the Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire, Côtes de Provence Fréjus, Côtes de Provence La Londe and Côtes de Provence Pierrefeu sub-appellations.

KEY FIGURES

Hectolitres a Year:

924,000

Bottles a Year:

Approximately 123 million

Hectares of Vineyards:

20,000

Wine Production:

89% rosé, 7.5% red, 3.5% white

Producers:

84 communes, 372 private wineries, 38 cooperative wineries

Maximum Authorised Yield:

55hl/ha

Average Yield:

46hl/ha