Wine Tourism
Provence, France: A must-visit destination

By / Food / August 15th, 2019 / 15

In the southeast of France exists a place brimming with natural beauty, fine wines, and outstanding cuisine. Its name is Provence; its unique climate and culture make it perfectly suited to wine tourism.

The region, spanning 200 kilometers between the Mediterranean Sea and the Alps, offers unparalleled adventures for both amateur and accomplished travelers. From vast lavender fields and undulating vineyards to glorious beaches and stunning gorges, the allure of Provence is unequivocal. To add increased appeal (as if those things weren’t enough!), this is also a land of warm summer breezes and star-filled nights, world-renowned pale pink and glistening Wines of Provence Rosé, and healthy bountiful fare.

When visiting Provence, there is plenty to occupy your time; it is a region of authenticity, diversity and history. Here are five key things to do in Provence:

  • Be studious: get to know the five main varieties used to make premium Wines of Provence Rosé: Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Tibouren. Then imbibe in these chic wines—the region offers endless delicious versions. Wine has been made here for over 2000 years and today, an impressive 96-percent of wines produced fall under the three-star Appellation d’Origine Protégée (AOPs) of Côtes de Provence, Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence and Coteaux Varois en Provence.
  • Go forth: visit some of the 430 cellar doors and winery shops along the famous Route des Vins de Provence. Learn more about these stylish and dry wines. Swirl, sniff and sip your way through an assortment of premium Provence Wines Rosé and endeavor to pinpoint their classic aromas of stone fruits, berries and flowers.
  • Hit the kitchen: There are a plethora of cooking classes to sign up for in Provence; it truly is a gourmand’s haven. Learn to make classic regional dishes, such as: anchoïade (anchovy dip), grilled stuffed peppers with artichokes and local goat cheese, Provençal ratatouille, pistou soup or salad niçoise. Even better? Consider the beautiful pairings with the region’s wines!
  • Two wheeling: rent a bicycle and find your own adventure. Alternatively, sign up for one of many cycling tours available across the region led by someone engaging that can educate you even more in the history and culture of this land.
  • Soak it in: take the morning to visit the virtually intact studio of acclaimed French artist Paul Cezanne in Aix-en-Provence. Then, proceed to St. Croix beach in nearby Martigues for an afternoon of sun and surf. Don’t forget to pack a picnic basket overflowing with Provence’s delectable gastronomic specialties, and a bottle (or two!) of Wines of Provence Rosé, of course.

Whether you come to escape to tranquility, or seek active participation, Provence is definitely the place for you.

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