Season 4, Episode 3
Vince is finally talking rosé! In Provence, the birthplace of the delicious pink wine, Vince travels through Mediterranean paradise to quaint seaside villages, across bright blue waters, and past fields of lavender to visit Domaines Ott*, arguably the greatest rosé producer in the world.
filmed August, 2021 | runtime 50 minutes
from the Provence France Episode
Marseille is the second largest city in France, and is the easiest way to fly into and out of the the French Riviera. Check out Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica on the top of the hill!
This idyllic port town is what most people picture when they think of the south of France. Cute restaurants and cafés, amazing views, and a port thats still affordable to locals. Fun to visit but be warned; it gets SUPER busy in summertime. It's also a good home base to explore Calanques National Park.
LA RÉSERVE Á LA PLAGE
This is the restaurant where JF and I first meet. The place to see and be seen near Saint Tropez, this beach lounge/club/restaurant is a lux getaway to have some amazing modern Provençal cuisine and drink rosé!
CHÂTEAU DE SELLE
The first estate acquired by the Ott family in the early 1900s, the rocky soils produce a beautiful minerality in the rosés. The tasting room (open to the public) is a beautiful, modern, sandstone-like building.
Take a ferry, or if you're really adventurous, rent a boat and head to this tiny island for a bit of fun in the sun. Bring a bottle of rosé and enjoy the serenity.
This Domaines Ott estate is in Bandol, an appellation known for more structured rosé and even some red wines made from Mourvèdre. It's where JF lets me try an aged rosé that blows my mind.
The house where JF spent his summers is on the same estate as Domain Ott's third property, Clos Mireille. These rosés are more salient because of the proximity to the ocean. This may be the easiest of the 3 properties to visit the tasting room, as it's near the center of the region along the coast.
GRAND MARCHÉ DE SANARY-SUR-MER
Every Wednesday, the town of Sanary-sur-Mer comes alive with a stunning market that is worth making a special trip for! Meat, fish, cheese, produce, prepared foods, soaps, flowers, and more!
CALANQUES NATIONAL PARK
This is where you see me at the end of the episode. The Calanques are steep inlet cliffs, and this National Park is worth a special trip; work off all that rosé with a nice hike! (Be prepared in summer; it gets very busy and there isn't much parking).