Your Wine IQ

Coteaux Varois


Wine By Region Right Europe Right France Right Provence Right Coteaux Varois


The Coteaux Varois appellation of Provence is noteworthy and underrated. Located completely inland, it is a midsized appellation neither as large as Côtes de Provence nor as small as Bandol. It is situated between the two largest Provence appellations, Côtes de Provence and Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence. Known for its unusual, cool inland climate, which bears some similarity to that of southern Burgundy, the appellation makes mostly rosé wine.

History

Coteaux Varois is one of the most recent Provence appellations, having been officially designated only in 1993.

Climate and Viticulture

The dark horse of Provence appellations when it comes to climate, Coteaux Varois is surrounded by a large mountain range, which blocks the influence of the Mediterranean Sea and, considering that there is no shoreline acreage, makes Coteaux Varois effectively an inland appellation. The weather is cool, and the soil is chalky, factors which stand in contrast to the warm limestone hills of the neighboring regions. Due to this distinctive climate, some experts have speculated that Burgundy-style wines should be grown here.

Grape Varieties

Grapes currently used in rosé and red wine production include Mourvèdre, Cinsaut, Grenache, and Carignan. There are some plantings of international grapes, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir is mostly in the experimental stage now.

Chardonnay is being experimented with in the region, but it is doubtful that the soil will be satisfactory. As of now, the main white grape of the region is Clairette.

Major Producers

Here is a list of three producers whose wines are both very good and commonly exported.

Subregions

There are no subregions of note here.