Since it was awarded in 1977, Côtes de Provence has been the largest AOC appellation in Provence at around 50,000 acres. Côtes de Provence accounts for around 75% of all wine grown in Provence. At 84% of wine grown in this region, unsurprisingly, rosé dominates, red make up 13% with the rest white.
Both rosé and red wines from Côtes de Provence must contain at least 80% of two of the following varietals; Grenache, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Tibouren or Syrah.
What little whites made in Côtes de Provence are crafted from Clairette, Rolle, Sémillon or Ugni Blanc.
Wine is very much part of the culture in these parts, locals drink it with every meal and as a result, prices are exceptionally low. Rosé from this region is generally pale or salmon in colour and invariably dry in style. Look for the bouquet to be aromatic, often with strawberries or tropical fruit and the palate to be gentle, fresh and crisp.