The wines of the Baux-de-Provence AOC
are produced in eight villages clinging to either side of the Alpilles. The Baux-de-Provence wine producers formed an association and their area was recognized as an AOC in 1995. Since the first vines were planted, the producers have been united in a common wish to preserve their land which is naturally protected and dried by the Mistral wind.
Today, the Baux-de-Provence AOC is unusual in that its grapes are grown using organic or biodynamic methods in 85% of its geographical area. The majority of the growers have been asking for this requirement to be incorporated within their appellation regulations for over ten years, which would allow them to become the first organic wine AOC in France. The new specifications, approved in 1 April, 2009, did not meet the demands of the growers, but the subject is under discussion with the INAO.
The wines of Les Baux-de-Provence come from an area of very stony soils, which take the form of glacis, alluvial fans, scree and calcareous grit. The climate is Mediterranean, with mild, dry winters and hot, dry summers. The Baux-de-Provence appellation produces red, rosé and white wines. Domaine Hauvette, Château Romanin and Mas de la Dame are the top-rate producers in the appellation.
More informations on the website of the wines of Les Baux de Provence