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Provence is a wine-producing region known for its rosé wines ("wines of the sun"). This is in reference to the climate of the area, which has a distinct Mediterranean character. After rosé wines, the second wines in importance are red wines, leaving the white wines in third place.
The area of Provence, contains the departments of Bouches-du-Rhône, Var and Alpes-Maritimes. Wine production includes a wide variety of wines, stemming from the wide range of strains used and their mixture in very different proportions.
Provence cultivates the red grapes Grenache, Carignan, Cinsault, Tibouren, Mourvèdre, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, among others. As regards the white strains, the main are Clairette, Rolle, Ugni Blanc, Semillon and Chardonnay. These are the most important ones, but there are others that are also cultivated to a lesser degree.
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