ProvenceProvence is the most productive region for rosé in all of France (maybe even the world). Provence produces delicate, onion-skin-coloured dry rosé wines with notes of watermelon, strawberry, and (which might sound a bit surprising) crunchy celery.
The Provence vineyard covers 27,000 hectares of vines and enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with a mild, humid winter and a hot, dry summer. The mistral blows there regularly, which allows the vines and grapes to stay healthy.
There are nine appellations in Provence, including Coteaux-d'Aix-en-Provence, Coteaux-Varois or Côtes-de-Provence. Provence, if it is mostly famous for its rosé, is also known for its white Cassis wine, made from Clairette and Marsanne grapes, and for its red Bandol wine, where the Mourvèdre grape variety is king.
The Languedoc-Roussillon region masters the art of creating beautiful red blends. Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Carignan are the main varieties that are used. How to describe a
Languedoc Red blend? Ripe raspberry, grilled plum and liquorice, with a hint of oregano. Wines labeled with Corbières, Saint-Chinian, Fitou, Côtes du Roussillon Villages and Collioure are all great examples of Languedoc-Roussillon red blends.
Languedoc-Roussillon is the world’s largest single-vineyard, with 226,000 hectares, of which 200,000 are cultivated in Protected Designation of Origin and Protected Geographical Indication. Its immense territory represents around one-third of French production.
Its climate is Mediterranean: mild and humid in winter, hot and dry in summer. There are a multitude of different terroirs, as well as many grape varieties. We mentioned Grenache, Carignan, Syrah and Mourvèdre, typical of Languedoc red wine. There are also white varieties such as Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Macabeu, Bourboulenc, Muscat and Picpoul.
Did you know?
Phylloxera (a tiny bug that eats the roots of native European vines) hit France in the 1880s. It was an absolute disaster and destroyed most of the vineyards throughout the country. The Languedoc was the first French wine region to replant vines grafted on to American phylloxera resistant vine stock. By 1900, the Languedoc had managed to overcome the crisis and had become the largest wine producing region in the world.
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