When you taste a Provence wine, you savour a bit of history. A story that started 2 600 years ago, when the Phoceans founded Marseille and introduced for the first time in France, a wonderful plant: Vine.
Since then, the art of its tillage and the wine tradition have come a long way. Between the Mediterranean and the Alps, the Provençal vineyard stretches from west to east for nearly 200 kilometers mainly in the departments of Var and Bouches-du-Rhône and, to a lesser extent, in the Alpes-Maritimes.
Côtes de Provence
Geology & culture
There isn’t just one but several Côtes de Provence and each one with its own geology and climate related personality. Five major natural areas constitute the appellation of which these are currently delimited by three denomination of terroir.
The terroir of the Côtes de Provence appellation is a complex geology where two large geological blocks coexist: one limestone, at the north and west, and the other crystalline at the south and east.
The climate is Mediterranean overall, but the discrepancies due to the reliefs and the influence of the sea are important.
Grapes & winemaking
Côtes de Provence wines outcomes are from blending -very ancient tradition and technical winemaker- which consists of vinifying separately each grape variety, then blending the wines obtained. This practice makes it possible to have balanced wines, presenting the qualities of each type of grape variety:
– The red and rosé grapes: syrah, grenache, cinsault, tibouren, mourvèdre, carignan, and cabernet sauvignon.
– The white grapes: rolle, ugni blanc, clairette, and sémillon.
Area: 20.500 Hectares
3 French department: Var, Bouches du Rhône and a part of the Alpes Maritimes
Production: 949 000 hectoliters (equals to 127 millions bottles) of which 89 % rosé, 8 % red, and 3 % white
The wine industry: 380 private cellars, 38 cooperative cellars, 72 trading companies
Allowed rate of return: 55 hl/ha
Average rate of return: 47 hl/ha
Domaine des Beaucas in Sainte-Maxime -> All information here
In an exceptional setting in the heart of a nature with Provençal scents overlooking the Saint-Tropez Gulf and the Mediterranean Sea, the family estate of Beaucas offers a culture of traditional vines, reasoned and respectful of the environment. Wine tasting A.O.C. (appellation of controlled origin) Côtes de Provence, delicatessen, and lodging.
Tel.: +33 (0)4 94 40 73 76
Domaine de la Tourraque in Ramatuelle
The Domaine de La Tourraque has been carrying on a family know-how since 1805, in a unique terroir between land and sea. Today, in the heart of the classified site of 3 Caps, the family continues the authentic cultivation of the vine and produces wines in AOP (appellation of protected origin) Côtes de Provence and a small production of olive oil. The wines are produced in compliance with the rules of organic farming. Wine-tourism tours on Fridays by reservation for gourmet discovery getaways.
Chemin de la Bastide Blanche
Tel.: +33 (0)4 94 79 25 95
Domaine de La Croix in La Croix Valmer
Created in 1882, the Domaine de La Croix covers, today, 90 hectares planted in A.O.C. (appellation of controlled origin) Côtes de Provence, restructured and cultivated in sustainable agriculture since its acquisition in 2001 by the Bolloré group. Efforts are constant to develop racy wines that celebrate elegance, finesse, balance and pleasure. It is therefore not a coincidence that the estate is part of the very exclusive Club of Crus Classés, because the key word is undoubtedly quality without concessions. Wine cellar tours and wine tastings for a wine-tourism discovery.
816, boulevard de Tabarin
La Croix Valmer
Tel.: +33 (0)4 94 95 01 75
Château de Chausse in La Croix Valmer
In an exceptional natural environment, the estate spreads over 15 hectares of vines changing over to organic farming. The Château belongs to the lasting Provencal wine-making tradition. Open Monday to Saturday all year (Sunday mornings in July and August).
Rue Frédéric Mistral
La Croix Valmer
Tel.: + 33 (0)4 94 79 60 57
Château de Saint-Martin in Taradeau
In the heart of Provence, a few kilometers from the Gulf of Saint-Tropez and the Gorges du Verdon, Château Saint-Martin produces complex and refined wines. A timeless estate with ruins proving a Roman presence from the 2nd century BC, an underground cellar built by the 12th century Lérins monks and an 18th century castle. Visits and tastings, wine-making, cultural and sports activities, catering or "gourmet nibbling" in season and event programming. 5 charming guest rooms.
Route des Arcs
Tel.: +33 (0)4 94 99 76 76
Domaine de la Giscle in Cogolin
On the southern foothills of the Massif des Maures in a green setting a stone’s throw from the Mediterranean coast are the 35 hectares of vineyards A.O.P. (appellation of protected origin) Côtes de Provence and country wines. The Audemard family have been carry on the tillage of the vine with the respect of traditions since several generations. Former flourmill, visitors can enjoy the old flour mill, the wheat threshing floor and preserved stone mills. Paintings and sculptures by local artists, discovery tour of the museum of vine and wine and video documentary plunge visitors in the heart of the history of the family estate.
1122, route de Collobrières
Hameau de l’Amirauté
Tel.: + 33 (0)4 94 43 21 26
Le Cellier des Vignerons of Collobrières
At the heart of the Massif des Maures, Le Cellier des Vignerons of Collobrieres is an estate offering the wines of the cooperating wine growers of the town. Created in 1952, several generations of winemakers succeeded one another so that the vineyard is preserved and developed with an ambition and a constant desire to value the "terroir". About fourty cooperatives produce about 10,000 hectoliters in volume and work throughout the year for A.O.P (appellation of protected origin) Côtes de Provence and I.G.P. (protected geographical indication) Var Maures.
Route de Pierrefeu
Tel.: + 33 (0)4 94 48 07 26