This historical province of southeastern France, extends from the left bank of the lowerĀ RhĆ“neĀ to the west to theĀ Italian borderĀ to the east; it is bordered by theĀ Mediterranean SeaĀ to the south. It largely corresponds with the modern administrativeĀ regionĀ ofĀ Provence-Alpes-CĆ“te d’AzurĀ . The largest city of the region and its modern-day capital isĀ Marseille.

Known for its diverse landscapes, miles of vineyards,Ā lavender fields, and crystal blue waters, is indeed a travelerā€™s dream. I had the opportunity to drive through, stop around and admire. Of course, it wasn’t enough to explore, but it was a good first start.

We stopped at Aureto vinery for some wine tasting.

BecauseĀ ProvenceĀ is also Franceā€™s oldest wine-producing region.

Here you will literally find everything you want: beautiful beaches, wonderful scenery, exciting food and fantastic wines, of course.  There are eight recognized appellations in the region: Bandol, Bellet, Cassis, CĆ“teaux Varois, CĆ“teaux dā€™Aix-en-Provence, CĆ“tes de Provence, Les Baux-de-Provence and Palette.

No chemicals added, only herbal and mineral fertilising as well as working according to the astronomical calendar for planting and harvesting. It reminded me on childhood.

The MistralĀ wind that blows over this part ofĀ FranceĀ is harsh but also dry will cool off and dry grapes during the rains which protects them from diseases such as mold and fungi.

ProvenceĀ has a climate with mild winters and hot summers. There is also a variety of different soils, from limestone, slate, limestone and obviously there is also a wide variation of grapes, both traditional French grapes such as Grenache Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon to mention only a few of the brad variety for white wines and then Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan, Tannat, Cinsault for the red wines. There are also ample of local more uncommon grape varieties such as Pascal, Pignerol Folle Noir, Tibouren, Barbaroux and many more.

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