Provence 101: Cotes de Provence

Provence 101: Cotes de Provence


Provence has long been a vacation destination, with its alluring beaches, celebrities, breathtaking vistas and cultural attractions. But for wine lovers, the region is also filled with countless, delightful wines to discover from its 3 main AOPs: Côtes de Provence, Coteaux Varois en Provence and Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence. The Côtes de Provence AOP, the largest of the three Provence appellations covering 49,000 acres, starts just west of Cannes, continues along the Riviera to Saint-Tropez and beyond – all the way to Marseilles.

Côtes de Provence, known primarily for its dry rosés, is a mosaic of terroirs, resulting in a diverse array of wines, all dry and elegant, which pair well with a wide range of food types. The vast appellation is composed of four sub-appellations, with specific and unique terroirs: Sainte Victoire, La Londe, Fréjus and Pierrefeu.

A good intro to the range of Côtes de Provence wines can be found at the Maison des Vins in the picturesque town of Les-Arcs-sur-Argens, where fortified stone walls and passages are vivid medieval reminders. As the visitor center for the appellation, the Maison features 800 AOP wines for sale, and nearly 20 wines to taste each week – well worth a visit.

To learn more about Côtes de Provence and its four sub-appellations, please visit Côtes de Provence.

Whether you’re touring Provence or entertaining at home, be sure to share your moments with rosé from Provence by uploading your photos with #iconicprovence for a chance to win a Provence prize pack, including a Provence cookbook and other summer essentials ($25 value).

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