By Corey Sandler
Bandol is a commune in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region of southeastern France.
It is a lovely but less-known part of the French Riviera, between Toulon and Marseille.
Bandol features a sheltered bay cradled by hills and protected from the wind.
They call it the “ville tranquille”, the tranquil village.
The sheltering hills help block the Mistral, a strong wind coming from the Rhone Valley that can reach near gale force or higher for 115 days per year not far away in Sanary-sur-Mer.
The south-facing sheltering hills around Bandol have another benefit, providing excellent conditions for the growing of grapes. There is evidence of vineyards in the area going back to about 600 B.C.
There are five appellations in the region, and Bandol is known for its white and rosé wines produced on the coast, and stronger-bodied red wines on the inland terraces.
The soil and the warm, coastal climate are ideally suited for the late ripening Mourvèdre grape.
We sampled some for you. Santé!
A CASTELLET ALBUM
On this visit I went with a group of guests up and over the seafront hills to the pretty perched village of Castellet.
It was early enough in the season that this old town was not yet over run with invaders taking selfies.
Photos copyright 2017 by Corey Sandler
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