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The life in 'rosé'

Provence is the oldest of French wine-growing regions and the production of rosé wines has been a speciality for more than two thousand years. Leader in the production of AOP rosé wines in France, Provence is the only wine-producing region to dedicate more than 88% of its production to rosé wines.
The climate, soils and varietals of Provence are indeed particularly well suited to the elaboration of rosé wine.
However, the Provence vineyards also produce remarkable red wines that are potent and well-structured and can be matured several years in the cellar, as well as airy white wines that are tender and delicate.

Provence landscape is quite varied and the relief is particularly diversified.
There are two main geologic blocks, one crystalline and the other chalky calcareous. The western and northern part of the Provence vineyard is composed of hills and calcareous bars sculpted by erosion. It features remarkable sites such as Montagne Sainte-Victoire, Sainte-Baume massif and the Gorges du Verdon. To the east, facing the sea, stand the crystalline massifs of Maures and Tanneron. Here the landscape is made up of hills and small mountains with softer contours, covered with shrub vegetation and forests. Further east, between Saint-Tropez and Cannes, the crystalline massif bears the traces of eruptive flows with surprising rocks such as the colourful porphyries of the Estérel volcanic massif.
To this diversity in the landscapes and climate corresponds a broad palette of varietals, including Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and Mourvèdre for rosé and red wines, as well as Rolle and Clairette for white wines.