This is a vineyard in "Amphitheater" in which plays a most exciting wine show. The vineyards of Roussillon unfolds between Mediterranean Sea and different massifs: Canigou to the West, the Corbières to the North and the Albères to the South, on the border with the Spain. In this setting of rugged coves, mountainous foothills and sunny Plains, winemakers are the actors of a whole new Act where the wines, rich and authentic, are now in full light. The reputation of the vineyards of Roussillon is its red wines and, to a greater extent, its exceptional natural sweet wines. Witness the Banyuls, Maury and other Rivesaltes, always more made of lovers. All according to a value of the most seductive.
The vineyards of Roussillon occupies a large part of the Department of Pyrénées-Orientales. It extends in the extension of the vineyards of the Languedoc. Its 20 600 hectares of vineyards are spread over the Mediterranean, between pond Leucate and Spanish border coast, as well as on the plain of Roussillon, the North of the TFW and Perpignan Agly Valley, the Aspres, the Corbières of Roussillon to the West and the foothills of the Albères in the South.
In this region among the hottest of France, between sea and mountains, the vineyards have a soil and a climate conducive to the terroirs of exception. Grapes are many to be cultivated across the Pyrénées-Orientales. On the side of the reds, black grenache regularly alongside the carignan, lladoner pelut, mourvedre, and syrah. On the side of whites, are the white grenache and grenache grey which are used in the same way as the macabeu, malvoisie of Roussillon, the marsanne and the roussanne, vermentino and muscats to small grains and Alexandria.
The Roussillon vineyard is many AOC, as well as the IGP, a label which replaces former country wines. Several natural sweet wines are also typical of the region and deserve to be known.
The wines from the Roussillon count 5 AOC:
The AOC sides-du-Roussillon villages is enriched with 4 geographical names, all concentrated in the North of the TFW:
In 2009, country wines have become the IPGS. Roussillon currently has three:
The vineyards of Roussillon is distinguished from Languedoc essentially by its significant production of natural sweet wines. Pyrénées-Orientales are also the source of 80%of French production. These wines are the fruit of a process of fortification developed at e century. They come from methods of traditional winemaking grapes rich in sugar. During the fermentation, neutral alcohol is added to ensure that the process is stopped.
Natural sweet wines from the Roussillon are 5 designations: