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The CIVP designations in Provence

With a Mediterranean climate alternating between hot sun and gentle breezes, the vines of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur produce exceptional wines. The regional production is divided into three very distinct categories: the Crus des Côtes du Rhône (Inter Rhône), the wines of Provence (CIVP), and the 6 independent designations in the region: Bandol, les Baux de Provence, Bellet, Cassis, Pierrevert, and Palette. The three colours (red, rosé and white) are found in Provence, in the three prestigious designations which cover the region. Together, the Côtes de Provence, Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence and Coteaux-Varois-en-Provence designations make up the Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins de Provence (CIVP)

The Côtes de Provence appellation

Côtes de Provence wines are produced from the vineyard part of Provence, on a territory shared by the departments of the Var and the Bouches-du-Rhône, as well as part of the Alpes-Maritimes. The controlled designation wine does not however represent the major part of the wine production of the region, even though 18,000 hectares of vineyards are devoted to it. The Côtes de Provence designation which has been specialised in the production of rosé wines for over 40 years, has imposed itself as one of the main references of colour on the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur territory.


The Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence appellation

The Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence is a wine-producing designation which refers to wines produced in the Provencal vineyard, in the southeast. Produced on a territory of 4,200 hectares, they have two major guarantees of quality with the AOC label and the European AOC label. The wines of the Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence are among the finest and most elegant in the region. The designation covers a total of 79 cellars, including 12 cooperatives, where rosé wines represent 85% of the production, red wines 9% and white wines 6%. In the heart of this exceptional territory, the Château La Coste welcomes visitors who are keen to discover this open-air modern art museum, in the middle of the vineyards. Tastings, visits and pleasure are the key words.

The Coteaux-Varois-en-Provence appellation

Produced mainly in Var department, the Coteaux-Varois-en-Provence is a controlled designation of origin. The vines get their unique character from the soils in the region which are steeped in history and mostly with a high limestone content. With ideal climate conditions (an average of 300 days of sun per year) and the particularity of being on high ground, the vines of the Coteaux-Varois-en-Provence produce up to 40% of red wines, 55% rosés and 5% white wines. This young designation is spread over a territory of 2,850 hectares and groups together a total of 83 private and cooperative cellars. Driven by a collective of keen, ambitious wine-growers, the designation is proud to bear the colours of Provence.

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