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Summer in the South of France is absolute magic. The hot sun, the warm Mediterranean and beautiful countryside attract floods of tourists to the breezy, easy-going lifestyle. And the wines here are generally made to follow suit. From Provence in one corner to the Spanish border in another, great swathes of easy-drinking white and red wine are produced here. Most are not made for long contemp... continue reading
Summer in the South of France is absolute magic. The hot sun, the warm Mediterranean and beautiful countryside attract floods of tourists to the breezy, easy-going lifestyle. And the wines here are generally made to follow suit. From Provence in one corner to the Spanish border in another, great swathes of easy-drinking white and red wine are produced here. Most are not made for long contemplation, rather just sipping, on a warm Summer’s day, but they are perfect for the job. In fact it doesn’t matter where you are, the South of France or an Australian barbeque, the best wines from the South of France are light enough to suit the warm weather but also have the character to bring you back for glass after glass until every last drop is gone. Traditionally the South of France has been a bit of an extension of the Rhône Valley, with grapes such as Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre the mainstay of the finer vineyard sites although others, such as Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Tibouren and Semillon are also found. However, recently other popular varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Merlot have started to be found, labelled under the generic Vin d’Pays appellations. The region’s best wines come from Bandol, Minervois and Corbières, with their big powerful reds, and the Côtes de Provence for Rosés, which are my absolute favourite Rosés in the world. If you have never had a thing for Aussie Rosé, just try a delicate little number from Provence and I swear, you will be converted.
Country France
State FR

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