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The other Cassis!

Cassis is most well-known as the blackcurrant lqueur from Burgundy, but there is also a Provence wine appellation AOC Cassis which produces white,  rosé and red wines on the mediterranean coast east of Marseille– Cassis wine!

Cassis (13 Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence PACA) has a long and distinguished history as the Romans and Greeks grew vines around Marseille from ancient times. The limestone “Calanques” (small fjord inlets) and cliffs make for a good but difficult terrain for vines.

Protected from cold northerly winds by the Montagne Sainte-Victoire and Massif de la Sainte-Baume to the north and the  Saint-Cyr hills to the west, the vines enjoy sheltered and warm growing conditions.

Cassis wine festival posterIn May the town holds a wine festival Cassis fête son vin 26 May 2019

In late September each year the village holds its harvest wine festival – Les Vendanges étoilées (harvest by starlight) – 20 September 2019

There are only about a dozen or so small producers in the Cassis appellation, but also within reach are the vineyards of Bandol, where rich heavy reds are produced from the Mourvedre grapes – e.g see the vineyards of Bunan – reached by a 30 minute drive along the coast – although ignoring the more industrial centre of La Ciotat

for more info about Cassis wine and the festivals see the local tourist office

Hotel Le Golf

Hotel Le Golf

Stay at the Hotel Le Golf situated on the harbour and just a few minutes from a sandy beach!

Cote d’Azur by train TGV tgvsmall

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