The largest and best known appellation in Provence, Bandol
stretches from the Saint-Baume Massif to the shores of the Mediterranean. Facing full south, the vines enjoy an exceptional sun exposure of 3,000 hours per year. Established on November 11th, 1941, the appellation extends into the villages of Bandol, Le Beausset, La Cadière-d'Azur, Le Castellet, Evenos, Ollioules, Sanary-sur-Mer, and Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer, all in the Var department.
Covering about 1,500 hectares (3,707 acres), the vineyards of Bandol sit in a natural amphitheatre arranged in terraces. This landscape is the result of perseverance over many generations, as the slopes had to be carefully sculpted before it was possible to work the vineyards properly. Today we enjoy the fruit of their labor in the form of excellent crus from highly respected estates like Château de Pibarnon, Domaines Ott, La Suffrène, Domaine Tempier, Château Vannières, Château Pradeaux, Domaine la Bastide Blanche, and Domaine de la Bégude.
The particular geology and microclimate of Bandol constitute an ecological niche where strong personalities flourish. Passionate local vignerons (winegrowers) have made Bandol the quintessential terroir for Mourvèdre. Their perfect mastery of this singular variety is recognized internationally, and the appellation requires that it comprise a minimum of 50% of the red wines, which dominate the appellation. Syrah and Grenache complete the blend, and wines must mature for 18 months before release.
More informations on the website of the wines of Bandol