Enjoy the Wine of Provence!
As in many other regions of France, in Provence you will encounter delicious wines to pair with your meals or to enjoy as an“apéritif” before your lunch or dinner! Wine has been
produced in this area for at least 2,600 years, ever since the ancient Greeks founded the city of Marseilles in 600 BC. The “rosé” wines are prevalent and you can find some of the best French ones in Provence. But if you are a red or white wine lover, no need to worry, you will find very good ones here too! Unlike elsewhere in the world, French wines are often named after the land where the grapes are grown instead of the variety of the grapes. The main “Appellations d’Origine Contrôlées” (guaranteed quality level) are Côtes de Provence, Côteaux d’Aix-en-Provence and Bandol. My favourite one is from Bandol: the Bandol La Chrétienne. The monks living in Saint Honorat Island off the coast of Juan Les Pins are renown for their wines too. That is another good reason to spend a day visiting the two Islands of Lérins!
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