Welcome to Provence
Stretching from the Mediterranean coast to the foothills of the Alps, and from Aix-en-Provence to Nice’s famed Riviera, Provence’s beautiful vineyards extend over 120 miles across three French departments: the Var, the Bouches-du-Rhône, and the Alpes-Maritimes. They cover a diverse mosaic of terroirs and climates that lend the wines from each of Provence’s appellations a distinct sense of personality and place.
Provence’s first vines were planted over 26 centuries ago, when the Greeks founded a colony in Marseille and established the region’s winemaking culture. This ancient history makes Provence the oldest winemaking region in France, and the wines made by the Greeks are believed to have been the world’s first rosés.
Now, over 600 producers and 40 négociants produce around 160 million bottles a year across the region’s three main appellations – Côtes de Provence, Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence and Coteaux Varois en Provence.
While the region produces small quantities of red and white wines, it is recognised worldwide as the spiritual home of rosé, producing 39% of AOP rosé wines from France and 5.6% of the world’s rosé wines.