Considered one of the most romantic areas in all of France, this unabashedly Mediterranean wine region is ground zero for rosé wine, producing over 7 million hectoliters annually. Provence brings to mind a simple way of life, sunbathing and whiling away the days drinking pastis, playing petanque and generally living a more mindful existence.
Provence sports nine appellations, the three most notable being Côteaux Varois en Provence, Côtes de Provence and Bandol, which is recognized for its high-quality red wines made from Mourvèdre. Cultivars here include the entire Rhône stable and a fair amount of Cabernet Sauvignon, which has a long history of growing in the cool vineyard sites nestled in the foothills of the Southern Rhône Alpes. Cuisine is fully Mediterranean and heavily influenced by Greece, Spain, and Italy. A panoply of summer vegetables including tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini and fennel are enjoyed, as well as beautiful breads and a variety of nourishing legumes, all of course, drizzled with copious amounts of superb local olive oil.