One of the nice things about keeping up with social media is that every now and again you discover some really exciting events happening around Provence.The sites I like to consult frequently for Provençal comings & goings are Visit Var, Provence Verte, and Fantastic Provence. And this past year saw a much-needed addition to the tourism resources offered online: Route des Vins de Provence.
Not only does their site provide information about upcoming events in the wine biz, but they’ve also mapped wine routes around Provence – online and off. If you tour anywhere around the region, you’re bound to find their distinctive purple signs helping guide you from one sunny vineyard to the next. So popular are these wine beacons in fact, that on one visit to the Bandol estate of Bunan, our hostess confided that they were having a hard time keeping their signs “intact”. People kept stealing them. (!?)
And it’s thanks to Route des Vins de Provence that we found out about an event celebrating the region’s most famous appellation: Bandol.
As any grower will tell you (or any good wine guide online!), the production of Bandol wine stretches back centuries but the official qualification of AOC (Appellation d’origine contrôlée) under the French classification system is just reaching its 70th anniversaire.
This milestone will be celebrated by an exhibition of photos & historical documents which runs until December 31st – with a private showing, called a vernissage, taking place Wednesday, June 20th at the Oneothèque de Bandol.
For more information, or to daydream about taking your own wine tour of Provence, please visit the Route des Vins de Provence website.
Santé et a bientôt!
Oneothèque de Bandol
Place Lucien Artaud
Tel. : 04 94 29 45 03