This famous appellation covers a small area of 1,325 hectares of vines which enjoy exceptionally high sunshine hours.
The prestigious "Vins de Bandol" appellation groups 53 independent growers situated in the neighbouring districts of Bandol, (no property is actually situated in Bandol district itself).
The deep reds, generally aged in oak barrels are responsible for the success of this appellation and represent 40 % of the harvest. The excellent fresh, young rosés which appear almost orange in colour represent 55 % and the lively, nervous whites 5% of the harvest.
The agreement of the wine-growers to produce a small quantity of high quality wine, together with the ideal weather conditions have contributed to the international reputation of the wines from Bandol.
Wine estates and castles to visit
Domaine Ray Jane - Le Plan Du Castellet
A part of the wine cellar houses an unusual museum of barrels and more than 8000 vineyard tools. Visits and wine-tasting.
Château Vannières - La Cadière d'Azur
Restored residence from the 16th century, with ancient wine cellar and reception room. Guided tours in English on request, wine-tasting.
Château Romassan - Le Castellet
Ancient monastry from the 18th century with beautiful ochre facades and vaulted cellar.
Art exhibtions, visits in English on request, wine-tasting.
Domaine de Souviou - Le Beausset
16th century Provencal residence, surrounded by greenery. Summer music concerts, candle-lit dinners. Impressive cellar and wine-tasting.
Château Pradeaux. 83270 Saint-Cyr
Beautiful 16th century residence with interior courtyards.
Tours and wine-tasting in the ancient cellar.
Château Saint-Anne. 83330 Saint-Anne du Castellet
Impressive residence built in 1840, situated opposite the cliffs of Evenos with a large park of pines and cedar trees.
Guided visits in English on request, wine-tasting in the ancient cellar.
Properties and wine cooperatives AOC "Bandol"