Provence. A magical name, a magical place which immediately conjures up images of lavender fields, sunflowers, olive trees, and of course it’s vineyards, especially famous for it’s light fruity rosé, perfect for a warm summer’s evening.
The Provence region profits from plenty of sunshine, warm days and cool evenings, the combination of which leads to grapes bursting with flavour which of course then makes fabulous wine. Look out for these vineyards:
On the edge of Cabasse, Chateau Margilliere, where you will always receive a friendly welcome from either Rhianna or Emilie, all their wines are organic, superb quality and excellent value, well worth buying a few bottles from here to take home.
Chateau la Lieue (next door to Margilliere) owned by the same family for 5 generations, again an Organic vineyard producing excellent wines, we particularly like their white wine ‘Tradition’.
Domaine des Triennes, established wine makers from Burgundy, now well established in Nans-les-Pins, produce an excellent prize winning Burgundy-style white wine which would probably cost you 3 times as much if you were to buy it in Burgundy.
Château de Bregancon, close to Bormes les Mimosas; we have only bought a couple of bottles of red from this vineyard, both very enjoyable but what we like most is the landscape around here – the vineyards sweep right down to the sea and the quiet sandy beaches are beautiful.
As you are driving around you will come across a ‘Cave Co-operative’ in most villages, they often have a varied selection of excellent local wines at reasonable prices. Most vineyards and Cave Co-operatives are only too happy to let you taste their wine and explain their process of wine making before you buy.