Côtes de Provence

The Côtes de Provence  appellation extends over more than 20,000 hectares in 3 French departments: the Var, Bouches du Rhône and an enclave in the Alpes Maritimes, grouping together 84 communes along the Mediterranean Sea. The region’s climate still benefits from the effects of the Mediterranean Sea, with the inland regions influenced by a more continental climate.  Differences in temperature remain moderate. The spring and summer months are quite hot. 
 


Producers from Côtes de Provence:

Château d’Ollières

Chateau Matheron

Domaine Saint Ser


Appellation characteristics:

Max. Summer Temperature

101°F

Altitude
Sea level-300 m

Main Soil Types

There are three main types of soils in the region: red sandy-clay soils characteristic of the Permian Depression; red, sandy clay pebbles (limestone gravel) in the plains, and reddish-brown silt-clays covered by schist pebbles in the hills

Average Rainfall

800 mm

Latitude 43° 95′ 32” North

Longitude  -1° 26′ 59” East

Types of Grape

In Provence - Rosé is King.  Provence is the only winegrowing region to devote over 88% of its production to rosé wines.  Provence Wines are made via "assemblage", a very old winemaking technique in which each grape variety is made into wine separately before the selected types are "assembled" to obtain the final product. This practice makes it possible to obtain well-balanced wines that preserve the unique qualities of each grape variety. Rosés from Provence are known for their light colors and pale, limpid robes.
A survey recently conducted by the CIVP showed that consumers prefer lighter colors, while very few like dark-colored rosés. These same light colors that consumers are looking for are those found in the Rosés of Provence.

RED AND ROSÉ GRAPES:  Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Tibouren, Mourvedre, Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon

WHITE WINE GRAPES:  Rolle (Vermentino), Ugni Blanc, Clariette, Semillon, Bourboulenc