Provence conjures up visions of luxury: seaside villas and lots of wine, of course. This picturesque region - nestled in the mountains and extending to the Mediterranean coast - is perhaps southern France’s most famous. Wine has been made here for thousands of years.
Although it is well-known for its quaffable rosé wines, there’s more to Provence than meets the eye. There are plenty of Provençal rosés that are quite bold and well-structured, not only intended for the warm summer months but also great for cooler weather and richer dishes.
Provence makes mostly rosé wines but also a healthy dose of delicious red and white wines. The traditional grapes of the region are Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan to name a few of the key red grapes. The whites center around Rolle, Bourboulenc, Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, and Roussanne. The wines are principally a blend of these grapes. The reds wines of such sub-regions as Bandol produce red blends that deep, dark, and seriously age-worthy. Meanwhile, the white wines of such sub-regions as Cassis produce white blends that distinctly full-bodied and textured.
Throughout Provence, wild shrubs like rosemary, juniper, and lavender grow everywhere. Many say these plants, collectively called “garrigue” influence the character of the reds, whites, and rosés of this region.