Provence, wine cradle of the world

Domaine de Tamary, Vins rosés en Côtes de Provence à La Londe les Maures
Between the Mediterranean Sea and the Alps, those two natural wonders, a third wonder exists, crafted by the hands of man -the Provencal vineyard. Its radiant, sun-drenched vines stretch over 200 kilometres across the Var, the Bouches-du-Rhône and a part of the Alpes-Maritimes departments. In the glorious sunshine of southern France, the countryside is breath taking. And as you walk among the vines of Provence, a holiday-feeling pervades the air. Maybe this is why the grapes look so beautiful and the wines taste so good. The Côtes de Provence appellation spans more than 20,000 hectares (nearly 50,000 acres) and three departments, the Var, the Bouches-du-Rhône and one village in the Alpes Maritimes, for a total of 84 communes.

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The beauty of the Côtes de Provence terroir is not just what you see in the vines but in what lies underground at root level, too. The subsoil is geologically complex and particularly conducive to wine-making. Two large geological areas coexist in Côtes de Provence: one, to the north and west, is limestone, and the other, to the south and east, is crystalline. The entire northern and western zones of Côtes de Provence are made up of alternating hills and limestone ridges sculpted by erosion. Further east, facing the sea, sit the crystalline Maures and Tanneron mountain ranges. This crystalline mass is made up in part of eruptive rocks.

The variety of the terroir

Domaine de Tamary, Vignoble à La Londe les Maures en Côtes de Provence
Because of its size and the variety of its terroir, there is not one but several types of Côtes de Provence. Each has its own geological and climatic character. Eight production areas make up the appellation: Bordure Maritime, Notre-Dame des Anges, Haut Pays, Bassin du Beausset, Sainte Victoire, Fréjus, La Londe and Pierrefeu. The story of Tamary is written at La Londe.