Provence has a rich history in producing wine, dating back over 2600 years to the ancient Greeks and later, the Roman Empire who put their own mark on the area as well as making the city of Avignon the first Transalpine province and home to a succession of Popes.
Today, Provence has 8 major AOC designated wine areas, with Côtes de Provence and Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence being the largest. Provence is largely known for it's world-famous rosé, generally dry and aromatic, these wines have helped reestablish rosé as an accepted and popular drink after the influx of new world blush had tarnished it's reputation. Nowadays, much of rosé produced throughout the world uses Provence, and in particular Bandol to the South, as a measuring stick for their own interpretations.
Provence wines are largely made up of Mourvèdre often with Grenache and Cinsault to balance it out, due to it's proximity to the Côtes du Rhône to the North, the two regions share many varietals.