AOC area in the west of the French winegrowing region Provence named after the city north of Marseille. Aix-en-Provence was in the 15th century under the "Winegrower King" René von Anjou (1409-1480) a stronghold of the arts and the wine from this area already famous. The Count of Provence got his name from the introduction of wine at the French court. The painter Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) spent a large part of his life in the city and immortalized the landscape in his paintings. Southeast of the city lies the small AOC area palette, The vineyards cover about 3,800 hectares of vineyards in 49 municipalities, with the exception of two in the département Bouches-du-Rhône lie. The AOC area Les Baux-de-Provence forms an enclave. In the east closes the large AOC area Côtes de Provence on.
The red wine is made from Grenache Noir ( Garnacha Tinta ), and a maximum of 40% Cinsault. Counoise, Mourvèdre ( Monastrell ) Syrah. Cabernet Sauvignon and Carignan Noir ( mazuelo ) blended. In the case of rosé, in addition up to 10% of the permitted white wine varieties are allowed. The white wine consists of a maximum of 70% of the varieties Bourboulenc. Clairette, Grenache Blanc ( Garnacha Blanca ) and Vermentino, maximum 40% Ugni Blanc ( Trebbiano Toscano ), and a maximum of 30% each Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon, Well-known producers are Chapoutier, Château Barbebelle, Château Bas, Château de Beaupré, Château de Calavon, Château de Calissanne, Domaine de Costebonne, Château de Fonscolombe, Château de la Gaude, Château Pigoudet, Château Revelette, Mas Sainte Berthe, Domaine de Saint Julien les Vignes, Château de Sulauze and Domaine de Trévallon,