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Provence Wines from Julius Caesar to Hollywood

PUBLISHED: 10:52 14 March 2013 | UPDATED: 21:08 05 April 2013

Provence Wines from Julius Caesar to Hollywood

Provence Wines from Julius Caesar to Hollywood

Nestled between the Mediterranean and the Alps, Provence's sunny climate and rugged landscape have allowed rosé wines to thrive for over 2000 years.

Provence Wines from Julius Caesar to Hollywood

Nestled between the Mediterranean and the Alps, Provences sunny climate and rugged landscape have allowed ros wines to thrive for over 2000 years. The distinctive dry and fruity ross of Provence have long been enjoyed by locals and visitors to the region, and are now becoming increasingly fashionable in the UK. As the popularity of Provenal ros goes from strength to strength, even celebrities are starting to invest in the regions vineyards. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie recently launched a new cuve from their Chteau in Ctes de Provence.

Brangelina are not, however, the only famous names who have taken a shine to the wines of Provence. As the oldest winegrowing region in France, winemaking was first introduced to Provence by the Greeks 600 years BC, and the wines produced back then were very similar in colour to the ross that we know and love today. They went on to be adored by the Romans, and as the rumour goes, even Julius Caesar himself. At the turn of the 20th century, artists from Van Gogh to Picasso lived in the region, and would have undoubtedly sampled the local beverages.

In the early 20th century, Provence ros became the tipple of choice for the writers and

aristocrats who holidayed on the elegant French Riviera, where Scott F. Fitzgerald wrote the Great Gatsby in 1924. In the 50s and 60s, the Riviera once again became the epitome of cool, and was frequented by a stylish jet set who could not get enough of the local pink wine. Images come to mind of Brigitte Bardot sunbathing with a glass of chilled ros in St Tropez and Hollywood stars schmoozing with glasses-in-hand at the Cannes Film Festival. Today, the international love affair with Provence ros continues and sales soared in the UK in 2012.

Provence ros is not only trendy, it is also the perfect wine for all occasions, from an intimate dinner, to a party with friends. Its versatility makes it the perfect partner for a wide range of dishes and flavours, from summer recipes and nibbles to heartier winter food such as vegetable lasagne or chicken tandoori. It is particularly delightful when combined with ingredients and recipes from the local region, such as goats cheese, roasted vegetables or seabass sprinkled with provenal herbs.

Although Provence is synonymous with ros for many wine lovers, a wide range of excellent red and white wines are also made in the area. Look out for the quality wines that are produced in the three major appellations: AOP Ctes de Provence, AOP Coteaux Varois en Provence or AOP Coteaux dAix en Provence.

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