En Provence: Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence and Coteaux Varois en Provence

En Provence: Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence and Coteaux Varois en Provence

provence_map_with_pierrefeu_400Many of the vineyards in Provence are located inland – up in the hills above the coastline. In addition to the rosés from the Côtes de Provence AOP, two other appellations worth seeking out are the Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence and Coteaux Varois en Provence. Be sure to look for these appellations on wine labels as you continue exploring the many, versatile rosés from Provence!

Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence
The second largest appellation in the region, the Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence comprises 10,000 acres, with soils composed of clay-limestone, sand and gravel, and an inland Mediterranean climate. The region’s myriad micro-climates are influenced by the famous mistral wind, which blows from the northwest and is largely responsible for Provence’s unusually sunny climate. Charming Aix-en-Provence, “the city of a thousand fountains,” is famous for its many universities, beautiful Cours Mirabeau, cathedral, and café Les Deux Garçons, which has served Paul Cézanne, Emile Zola and Ernest Hemingway among its customers.

Coteaux Varois en Provence
The Coteaux Varois en Provence, named after the Var river, covers 6,000 acres and has more of a continental climate, with hot, dry summers and cold winters. The soils are primarily clay-limestone, and the altitudes are generally higher than the rest of the region, averaging 1,115 feet and even reaching 1,640 feet in some parts. The Maison des Vins is wonderful to visit: housed in the Hostellerie de l’Abbaye de la Celle, a monastery from the XII-XIIIth centuries, it’s just adjacent to an Alain Ducasse restaurant, and offers a visitor’s center, tasting cellar, and summertime music festival.

To learn more about these two appellations and their distinctive styles, please visit Wines of Provence.

Be sure to share your moments with rosé from Provence by uploading your photos to #iconicprovence for a chance to win a Provence prize pack, including a Provence cookbook and other summer essentials ($25 value).

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