France: Provence

Bandol and Cassis

Marseille's local fine wines
By Liz Berry MW and Elizabeth Gabay MW

This Guide was last updated on 24 April 2011
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Bandol Wine Festival

First Sunday in December along the quayside of the port of Bandol. This is an annual opportunity to taste the latest vintage, with about 25 to 30 domaines taking part, with the young wine of the year available for tasting from the barrel. Pavillions are set up along the quayside, and for a modest fee you may taste all the wines, and form an opinion of the vintage soon after the fermentation. There are also some older vintages available to taste. This event is often very packed, especially if the weather is good, and there is little space to sit down, and few facilities. Not so suitable for the elderly or for the very young.

Useful information: Details at


Fête des Vendanges, La Cadière d'Azur

At the beginning of September grapes are ceremoniously crushed in the old wine press in the centre of the village and the juice offered to the public to drink. Folk music, local costumes and wine stands with tastings offered.

Useful information: Details from the Office de Tourisme Tel: 04 94 90 12 56.


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