East of the port city of Marseilles in Provence, Bandol, like most of the region, is famous for it's Rosé wines which account for 70% of total production. Perhaps what stands the rosé from Bandol apart from the salmon coloured rosé produced in neighbouring AOCs of Côtes de Provence and Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence, is the addition of more earthiness and spices.

Bandol is one of Provence's oldest vine-growing regions, it was hit hard by phylloxera in the 1880s but recovered well, with Mourvèdre now as it's primary grape. Interestingly, Bandol is one of only a handful of AOCs that mandate oak aging.

Bandol also produces red and white wines to some success, as with the rosé, the red wines are predominantly comprised of Mourvèdre blended with a little Grenache and Cinsault. Varietals used for Bandol's white wines generally include Clairette Blanche, Bourboulenc and Ugni Blanc.


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