Explore France with these 15 wines

television travel host rick steve reveals that the sunny slopes of Provence, in the most southeastern corner of France, are known for lavender, ancient villages, Haussmann towns, fine arts, bucolic landscapes and rosé wine. Some of France’s most historic cities, from Avignon and Marseille to Aix, Cannes and Nice, make up the Côte d’Azur.

palace clubs reports that the area is dotted with vineyards, some planted by Greek settlers in 600 BC. Red grapes like Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah flourish in the region, alongside dark grapes like Carignan and Tiburon. There are also aromatic white grape varieties such as Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Roussanne, Sémillon and small plantations of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The region is dominated by its red, white and rosé blends.

Regions like Côtes de Provence, Bandol, Cassis, Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence and Les Baux-de-Provence are renowned for their wines, while 100-acre little gems like Palette are unknown, for wine madness. Provencal wine estate Chateau Simone has been producing world-class wines on its vineyards adjacent to the chateau since 1820, but vines have been cultivated in the region for over 1,000 years. Its vines, scattered in wooded and wild spaces, are strictly organic. Château Simone expertly crafts red and white wines that express its terroir, but it’s the old vine rosé – with its notes of strawberry, peach, lemon zest and chalky mineral – that pleases everyone.