Saviour the taste of the wine regions of Provence and discover the famous Côtes de Provence, along with lesser-known subregions such as Bandol and Cassis. Wine tours in Provence are highly-recommended for any self-confessed connoisseur and here at tabl.com we have a selection of wine tours available to book online.
The region favours from the Mediterranean climate, long summers and warm weather. Meanwhile, the backdrop of the Alps and the natural hills provide both protection and perfect growing conditions for vines. As such, Provence plays an important role in French wine production.
5 Wine Regions of Provence
Officially, there are 9 recognised main AOC wine regions of Provence. However, these can also be split down into further subregions. As such, wine tours in Provence may well visit several vineyards in one day, while wine tasting sessions may well focus on one or two specific wineries.
Côtes de Provence
Without a doubt the most popular region for wine production. In fact, Côtes de Provence is responsible for approximately 75% of Provencal wine. The majority of which are bottles of rosé. Although delve further into the subregions and you’ll discover the red Tibouron grapes from Fréjus. As to the best place to start your wine tour, many excursions will often include hotel pick-up from the port city of Marseille or the smaller Avignon commune.
Coteaux d’Aix en Provence
As the second-largest region, Coteaux d’Aix en Provence continues the trend of exporting flavoursome and refreshing rosé. Grapes such as Cinsault, Counoise, Grenache and Syrah tend to thrive on the long dry summers. Along with Cabernet Sauvignon if you prefer robust reds or even the occasional Sauvignon Blanc is available among the locals.
Coteaux Varois de Provence
As well as providing incredible views, some of the best grapes from within the Coteaux Varois de Provence grow among the Sainte-Baume Mountain Range. The higher altitudes of the vineyards mean there’s a slightly cooler breeze in the air. As such, producing grapes with a slight acidity, perfect for those ever-popular bottles of rosé.
If you’re after a slightly more modern take on the wine production of France, then Pierrevert is considered one of the newer regions. Having come into its own during the late 90’s, wine here bucks the regional trend by being particularly popular for red wine. Although it’s required that at least 50% of the red grape harvested to use the “Saignée method” during production, in which a portion is syphoned off darker rosé.
The subregion of Cassis is worthy of note due to providing a slightly different take on French wines. Cassis was highly affected by the Phylloxera epidemic during the 18th century, destroying much of the areas’ vines. However, this led the way for Clairette and Marsanne grapevines to be planted. As a result, transforming the region into a haven for elegant and fruitful white wines.
Food and Drink Experiences in Provence
As well as wine tours in Provence, here at tabl. we also have a wide choice of food and drink experiences in France. Including food tours, fine dining experiences and cookery classes. All of which giving you an authentic taste of Provencal food, along with other classic French dishes.