Provence is known for the huge amount of rose it produces. In fact, three quarters of all wine produced in the region is rose and 80 percent of that is produced in Cotes de Provence, the regions largest AOC zone.
Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence is the second largest AOC zone in Provence. Red is the dominant wine there, a result of the strong presence of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah varieties of grapes. Lex Baux-de-Provence also focuses most of its attention on red wines. Domain de Trevallon, a local winery, produces a well-known Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah under their AOC label. There are a number of famous restaurants in the area as well [source: Wine Review Online].
Coteaux Varios, like the majority of the region, is known for its rose production. The local Chateau Routas is a great place to find quality wines at a good value. Bandol, on the other hand, produces some of the most respected reds in Provence. Wine connoisseurs have taken notice of the wine made from Mourvedre grapes and complemented by Grenache and Cinsault. Bandol is also home to Provence's most renowned red wine estate, Domaine Tempier. Domain Ott, is also located there, an estate famous for its roses and whites.
White wines are the minority in Provence, but in the AOC zone of Cassis, they dominate the local wineries. Made from Clairette and Marsanne and complemented with Ugni Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc, the whites produced there are full-bodied and herbal-scented. The white wines of Bellet have also begun to get noticed. Despite its size and the fact that its vineyards, planted on hillsides, can only be worked by hand, Bellet produces some of the best wines in Provence.
Last, but not least, are the wines of Palette. Palette is Provence's smallest AOC zone. In fact, almost all of the vineyards there are owned by a single wine estate, Chateau Simone. Probably most known for its rich reds, this appellation also produces roses and whites [source: Wine Review Online].
Rose will always be the wine associated with the Provence wine region. However, if you don't try the reds produced in Bandol or the whites, cultivated by hand, from Bellet, you'd most definitely be missing out.
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