Vini di Provenza, influence of the Mediterranean
Provence is a wine region located in the south-eastern part of France, in a typically Mediterranean landscape with the presence of olive trees and aromatic herbs, an aspect that has led to considerable inluences of this region with Mediterranean countries, starting with the cuisine. Wines from Provence are becoming more and more popular as a result of a greater quest for quality, and here the vines enjoy a very sunny Mediterranean climate with temperatures of up to 40° in summer, which are fortunately mitigated by the presence of both sea and land winds. Provence is famous for its rosé wines, but there are also interesting examples of red and white wines made from grapes of French and Italian origin. The main white grape varieties grown in Provence are: Bourboulenc, Chardonnay, Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, Ugni Blanc, known in Italy as Trebbiano Toscano, and Vermentino, known here as Rolle. The main red grape varieties of Provence are: Braquet, known in Italy as Brachetto, Cabernet Sauvignon, Calitor, Carignan, Cinsaut, Folle Noir, Grenache Noir, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Tibouren, Sciacarello and Nielluccio, the name by which Sangiovese is identified in Corsica. The wines of Provence are classified according to the quality system in force in France. Vin de Table, Vin de Pays, Vin Délimité de Qualité Supérieure "VDQS" Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée "AOC": Bandol, Bellet, Cassis, Coteaux d'Aix-En-Provence et Les Baux-De-Provence, Coteaux Varois, Côtes de Provence, Palette and Vin de Corse.