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A List of Things to Do in Winter in Provence

Provence is synonymous with sunshine, lavender and rosé wine and can get a little hectic in the summer months (July and August). So, we’d like to share what we love about Provence the rest of the year, especially in winter!

Firstly, it’s much calmer people-wise. The climate can also be amazing with t-shirt weather during the day and then enjoying a glass of rosé in front of a crackling fire in the evening. Situated inland, our village is normally colder than on the coast, with some vineyards even measuring -15°C in winter!

Continue reading here. Winter in some parts of Provence can mean cold temperatures and even snow. The good news is the white stuff never lasts long, and it is a great excuse to head to the mountains for skiing, snowshoeing, or just sitting by a roaring fire with some vin chaud.

If you live in Provence, then the winter months are a perfect time to visit some of the charming villages like Eze, St Paul de Vence, Les Baux de Provence and Gordes, which are crammed with tourists during high season. Alternatively, head to a museum to take in the latest exhibits at your own pace.

Enjoy the tastes of Provence with this winter dinner party menu inspired by Provencal Cuisine. Or try a French classic, a warm winter recipe for duck confit by Martine at boutique travel company Gout et Voyage.


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Stephen had been in the corporate world for 15 years and in August 2008 turned down a promotion that would have meant more money but also more stress, longer hours and less time with his young family. For many years the Cronks had been dreaming and talking about moving to France to make their own wine, but the moment never seemed quite right to make the big leap.

Soon after, a good redundancy offer seemed the perfect opportunity to turn the dream into reality and after selling their beloved house, they left the leafy suburbs of south-west London in August 2009. Their worldly possessions were packed up on the back of a truck and with barely a word of French between them, the family headed south to a small village called Cotignac, in the heart of Provence.

The Cronks spent a year getting their bearings, learning to live the provençal way, as Stephen was criss-crossing the country researching and finding the best vineyards to work with. The next step was setting up a small wine business with the principle objective of making a Provence rosé that would be regarded as one of the very best from the region, while building a brand that people would grow to love. In order to achieve this aim, they put together a highly experienced winemaking team and threw their heart and soul into the brand and innovative communications with their customers. Mirabeau is now being sold in more than 30 markets, has won medals and earned acclaim from some of the world’s toughest wine critics, but what really makes Stephen happiest is that their wines are an integral part of people having a great time together.

Read more about the Mirabeau Wine story here.

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