'Vins de Provence', the region's biggest winemakers association, has released the first results of the 2018 wine picking season and they couldn't be more positive.
With most of the grapes in Provence already collected, it looks like 2018 will yield an excellent vintage. It's been a very rainy year but September brought optimal conditions for grape ripening with sunny afternoons, chilly nights and no precipitations. This means that the fruit was in top conditions when it was picked.
There are also higher volumes of grapes than anticipated, rising over last year's quantities. In 2017, Provence produced 155 million bottles of red, white and rosé wine, the latter comprising an 89% of the total.
The Provencal wine region is made up of three AOCs: 'Cotes de Provence', 'Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence' and 'Coteaux Varois en Provence' which extend over 200km across the regions of Bouches-du-Rhone, Var and Alpes-Maritimes. There are plenty of vineyards in Provence you can visit to learn more about local wines and taste a glass or two.