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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Provence

Provence, like the best places on the planet, is a destination that maintains a host of secrets and facts to be uncovered. With many tourists returning year after year, Provence is able to offer new discoveries and enticing revelations with each visit. With Provence rapidly becoming the globally centre of rose wine production, this is a field in which new knowledge, experiences and pleasures can be uncovered with ease.

Below are 5 things that you are unlikely to already know about Provenance, the rose wine producing haven.

The most expensive rose wine in the world is produced in Provence.

Made by Chateau D’Esclans, the makers of the world renowned Whispering Angel, a bottle of Garrus is the most pricey rose available. Selling for no less than $90 per bottle, this superb example of a rose wine is enjoyed throughout the world for its fresh, pure and delicate flavours, aroma and appearance.

 Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are amongst the newest winemakers to establish production in Provence.

Their wine is called ‘Miraval’ and is an inexpensive tipple at just $20 per bottle. Packaged to impress and with promising reviews, it seems that these two Hollywood A- listers are more than just pretty faces. 

Provence is sunnier and hotter than Los Angeles and Miami.

It may not sound plausible, but Provence actually benefits from an average of 2,900 hours of sun per year, whereas the American locations are as little as 2,000 hours. With the excellent climate, Provence is a perfect destination for holidaymakers, outdoor enthusiasts and winemakers alike. The dry winds that are famous in Provence make for excellent growing conditions for the masses of grapes in the area. 

Provence was named by the Romans following their conquering during the expansion of the Roman Empire.

The Romans initially named the area as Provincia Nostra, which means ‘our Province’. From their earliest moments in the area, the Romans established Provence as a winemaking location, appreciating its superb climate and excellent land. 

Monks were responsible for continuing the success of wine manufacturing in the area once the Roman Empire collapsed.

It was the monks who developed Provencal wine making throughout the centuries from the 5th century for a further 700 years. The wine that the monks produced enabled them to finance their monasteries and continue their missions. 

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