One cannot speak of the gastronomy of Nice without evoking wine. Appreciated by connoisseurs, the vineyards of Bellet produce truly remarkable wines whose renown has long been recognised around the world. Nice is the only big city with a protected designation wine (AOC since 1941): Bellet wines (red, white and rosé), with an annual production of some 50,000 bottles. Attractive tours serve to show local production and traditional manufacturing.
The Olive Niçoise is protected by 2 Protected Designations of Origin (PDO) certifications: the ‘Nice Olive Oil PDO’ for its delicate and fruity oil, and a ‘Nice Olive PDO’ for its table olive and olive paste.
For more than 2 thousand years the olive tree has been an integral part of the landscape of Nice. In certain production orchards, you can still find olive trees that are several hundred years old.
The Protected Designations of Origin (PDO) certifications ‘Olive Niçoise’ and ‘Olive oil of Nice’ covers a territory of 99 towns and villages as well as the hills and hillsides, from the community of Grasse to Menton and from the sea to the mountains. The Designation of Origin certification owes itself to the passion, competence and know-how of its operators. In the Alpes‑Maritimes, the olive growers, confectioners and millers have worked with the Olive Niçoise for a very long time.
The Olive Niçoise is the fruit from the Cailletier olive tree. From this sun-filled fruit, the manufacturers produce virgin olive oil and a natural sweet olive. By combining these two authentic products, they created a speciality: olive paste.