Heartache of Good-bye to Provence and AOC Ventoux Wines
By Paula Kane:
It constantly amazes me how quickly two months pass. It seems in the dead of winter each month is dreadfully long and feels interminable. In contrast, the summer functions the complete opposite. It is never long enough and ends too quickly. These two months in Provence are always racing by even though I try to notice and be present for each moment.
On my last day, I was taking in the view while I was out for a cycle. While in Provence, it seems so normal to see such beautiful sites every day, they are present wherever you go. So I was trying to hold on to the moment, knowing within a few short hours it would only be a memory. These are grand memories, but my heart wishes I could be in this place always. I truly feel so much healthier in my heart, body and mind. It is the right place for me.
…Continue reading here for the original contributor blog post by A Table en Provence. After almost a decade of living a few months a year in Provence, Paula feels at home in the region. This year she had a chance to explore the wines of AOC Mont Ventoux in more depth and feels that the producers have to showcase their lovely blends to a North American audience.
AOC Mont Ventoux Quick Facts
This mountain with its peak at 1909m is well known to cyclists of all abilities. Even for Tour de France participants, Mont Ventoux is a challenge. Here, are our ten (10) biking tips for “taming the beast.”
In 1990, Mont Ventoux was labelled as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. Grapevines and cherry orchards stretch along the lower flanks of the mountain, but above the shade of the oak and pine forest is an imposing summit of limestone scree. From a distance, the lunar landscape at the top looks like snow, even on the hottest days of summer.
However, grapes love the soil at the foot of the mountain, which makes the AOC Mont Ventoux producers happy. Within the appellation, the majority of production is red wine (68%) these wines are often blends of Grenache noir, Syrah, Cinsault, Mourvèdre and Carignan. Rosé wine production makes up 28% of the total and generally includes the same grapes. White wine is produced only in limited quantities. Read more about the total production, grape varietals, and winemaking regulations of AOC Mont Ventoux wines here.