Vin de Pays des Bouches-du-Rhone is the Vin de Pays de Departement title given to the Bouches-du-Rhone administrative department in Provence. It covers every vineyard in the department, irrespective of terroir.
Bouches-du-Rhone forms the western half of the Provence wine region and is home to the wines of Cassis and Palette. A large quantity of wine is produced here, at various quality levels and under several Vin de Pays titles – one of which is Vin de Pays des Bouches-du-Rhone.
The grape varieties most likely to be used in Vin de Pays des Bouches-du-Rhone wine are Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan, Merlot and Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc for reds and roses, and Vermentino, Chardonnay, Marsanne and Grenache Blanc for whites.
In 2009, the Vin de Pays (VDP) title in force since the 1970s was supplemented with Indication Geographique Protegee (IGP) – its EU equivalent. French wine authorities have actively promoted use of the IGP, which acts as a legal statement of quality and origin throughout the eurozone. Wine producers retain the right to use either title.