At least 3 ‘Protected Designation of Origin’ (PDO) coexist in the Var, as well as an Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) – ‘Wine from the Var region’.
Bandol, Côtes de Provence and Côteaux Varois are the appellations from this marvellous region, whose first grape varieties were imported 2600 years ago. Although most famous for rosé wine, their reds and whites have also built a good reputation. The reds from the Bandol vineyards are tannic and strong, thanks to Mourvèdre – an iconic grape variety. Rosé forms the majority of production, as the Var is the biggest global producer! Held in poor regard for a long time, the production of rosé wine is now highly technical, winning over our taste buds and reputable restaurant owners.
No matter the appellation, wines from the Var region are produced with passion by the winegrowers, who have often inherited family secrets. From the modest vineyards to huge, renowned estates, (not to mention the cooperative wine cellars!), they all deserve a visit and a taste. Discover flavours, a history, men and women, sun-soaked vineyards, and often not far from former Provençal farmhouses.