ROUSSILLON IS   AOC.- 14      IGP.- 9     @Perpignan

  • BLANC= Carignan Blanc, Chardonnay, Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris, Macabeo, Muscat Alexandria, Muscat Blanc a Petit Grains, Malvoisie du Roussillon AKA=Tourbat, Marsanne, Roussanne, Sauvignon Blanc, Vermentino, Viognier
  • ROUGE= Grenache, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Cinsault, Counoise, Lladoner Pelut, Merlot, Mourvedre, Syrah

GEOGRAPHY France(South), REGION-Roussillon, LATITUDE: 42.68° N

  • BORDERS- Languedoc(North), Spain/ Catayuna(South)
  • DEPARTMENTS– Ariege, Aude, Pyrenees-Orientales, @Hw.# A9/ D117
  • Sub-Zones/ AOC.’s- Banyul AOC., Collioure AOC., Cotes Du Roussillon AOC., , Cotes Du Roussillon Villages AOC., Maury AOC., Rivesaltes AOC.

TOPOGRAPHY Features- Flat/ Rolling/ Hilly/ Mountainous

  • SLOPES/ Pyrenees Range(Orientales/ Massif des Alberes, Range That Separated France/ Roussillon & Spain/ Cataluyna, Corbieres Mountains, Canigou Mountains), +Alt. 20mt. – 650mt.
  • On~Agly/ Tect/ Tet~River~toOn~Coast/ Gulf of Lion/ Mediterranean~Sea~

SOILSMetamorphic, Sedimentary, Sand Clay, Silt, Granite, Limestone, Schist(Black), Slate, Sandstone

CLIMATEContinental With Mediterranean Influence, With Many Micro-Climates

  • +WIND/ Tromontane…Originates In North      Marin…Originates In East
  • CHALLENGES– Extreme High Temperature, Drought

VINICULTURE 17,620 ha. Planted

VINICULTURE Varietal,  Blends,  Fortified,  Rancio

  • Vin De Liqueur- +FORTIFIED/ Before Fermentation With Local Grape Spirit.
  • Vin Doux Naturel- +FORTIFIED/ During Fermentation With Local Grape Spirit.

HISTORY Wine Culture Since 700 BC., Viticulture Introduced by Greek.

  • 1285 @Roussillon The Invention of Mutage, by Arnau de Vilanova.
  • 1659 @Roussillon Was Part of Spain Until the Treaty of the Pyrenees.
  • 1970’s @Roussillon/ LanguedocWine Lake, Bulk Wine Surplus That Plagued the Industry.
  • 1980’s @Roussillon/ LanguedocVine Pull Scheme
    • Instituted In Languedoc-Roussillon In the Late 80’s and Early 90’s. Government Gave Substantial Financial Benefits to Induce Growers to Abandon Viticulture In an Effort to Drain Frances Wine Lake.


  • Catalans/ Catalunya- Roussillon is Considered Part of Northern Catalonia. The Catalan Langage is Spoken In Parts of the Region.
  • Ethic Group Native to Catalunya, Modern Day Catalonia & Roussillon, Having Roots In Pyrenees Mountains.  The Area and the People and Language Were Prominent In the Area Since 1200 BC..  During the 1700’s They Were Suppressed as Group Prohibiting Their Language and Culture.  Currently There is a Modern Day Push to Have Their Region and Culture Return and Leave the County of Spain.

**Refer to FRANCE/ Home For Detailed Information On France as a Country.


  • BLANC= Macabeo 17%, Grenache Blanc 13%, Carignan Blanc, Muscat Alexandria, Muscat Blanc a Petit Grains, Malvoisie du Roussillon AKA=Tourbat, Marsanne, Roussanne, Vermentino
  • ROUGE= Grenache, Carignan, Cinsault, Lladoner Pelut, Mourvedre, Syrah
  • GEOGRAPHY- France, REGION-Roussillon, DEPARTMENTS-Pyrenees-Orientales
    • Multi-Appellation, VILLAGES-(118)-
    • BORDERS-Corbieres AOC./ Fitou AOC.(North), Spain(South)
  • TOPOGRAPHY- Rolling/ Hilly, BETWEEN- Mountains & Sea
    • SLOPES/ Pyrenees Orientales(South) Massif des Corbieres(North), +Alt.800 mt.
    • On~Coast/ Mediterranean~Sea~ On~Tet/ Agly~Rivers~
  • SOILS- Metamorphic, Sedimentary, Clay, Granite, Limestone, Schist, Slate, Sandstone
  • CLIMATE- Continental With Mediterranean Influence
  • VITICULTURE- 5,600haPlanted
    • Estate/ Producers- Arnaud de Villeneuve, Bila Haut, Ferrer-Ribiere, Gardies, Matassa(Nat.Pro.), Trilles, Treloar, Vaquer
  • CULTURE- Referred to as Northern Catalonia and Some Historical Ties Still Exists.


  • BLANC= ?
  • ROUGE= Carignan(-60%), Syrah/ Mourvedre(+30%) Grenache Noir, Llandoner
  • GEOGRAPHY- France, REGION-Roussillon, DEPARTMENTS-Pyrenees-Orientales
    • In Cotes Roussillon AOC.(North-East)
    • VILLAGES-(25)-, 4 Can Villages Promote Their Names On Label
  • TOPOGRAPHY- Rolling/ Hilly/ Valley(Agly), On~Agly/ Maury/ Verdouble~River~
  • VITICULTURE-  1,350haPlanted
    • Estate/ Producers- Centernach, L’Edre, Clos des Fees


  • GEOGRAPHY- France, REGION-Roussillon(North-West), DEPARTMENTS-Pyrenees-Orientales
  • TOPOGRAPHY- Rolling/ Hilly/ Valley(Agly), On~Agly~River~
  • SOILS- Metamorphic, Sedimentary, Granite, Gneiss, Limestone, Clay
  • VITICULTURE-  ?  haPlanted
  • VINICULTURE- Dry Reds   |   May Also Produce Sweet Wines Under Rivesaltes Label
    • Estate/ Producers- L’Ausseil, Bila Haut,  Cazes, Gaure


  • GEOGRAPHY- France, REGION-Roussillon(North-West), DEPARTMENTS-Pyrenees-Orientales
    • West of Maury-City(5 km.), VILLAGE: Lesquerde
  • TOPOGRAPHY- Rolling/ Hilly, SLOPES/ ?, +Alt.350mt.
  • SOILS-  Metamorphic, Granite
  • VITICULTURE-  ?  haPlanted
  • VINICULTURE- Dry Reds   |   May Also Produce Sweet Wines Under Rivesaltes Label.
    • Estate/ Producers- Closerie de L’Arene, Semper Voluptas


  • GEOGRAPHY- France, REGION-Roussillon(North-West)
    • DEPARTMENTS-Pyrenees-Orientales, VILLAGE-Caramany
  • TOPOGRAPHY- Rolling/ Hilly, SLOPES/ ?,  +Alt.300mt.
  • VITICULTURE-   ?  haPlanted
    • -Estate/ Producers- Clot de L’Oum, Mastrio, Modat


  • GEOGRAPHY- France, REGION-Roussillon(North),
    • DEPARTMENTS-Pyrenees-Orientales, VILLAGE-Tuateval
  • TOPOGRAPHY- Rolling/ Hilly,  SLOPES/ ?, +Alt.210mt.
  • SOILS- Metamorphic, Granite Outcrop
  • VITICULTURE- ?  haPlanted
  • VINICULTURE- Dry Reds   |    May Also Produce Sweet Wines Under Rivesaltes Label.
    • Estate/ Producers- Fontanel, Gardies, Gerard Bertrand, Seguala, Vignerons d Tautavel


  • GEOGRAPHY- France, REGION-Roussillon, DEPARTMENTS-Pyrenees-Orientales
    • VILLAGE-Les Aspres
  • TOPOGRAPHY- Rolling/ Hilly
    • Estate/ Producers- Vaquer(E.)

MAURY AOC.     @Maury

  • BLANC= Grenache Blanc, Macabeu, Malvosie du Roussilllon AKA=Tourbat, Muscat Blanc a Grains, Muscat Alexandria
  • ROUGE= Grenache(+70%), Carignane, Cinsault, Mourvedre, Syrah
  • GEOGRAPHY- France, REGION-Roussillon(North-West)
    • DEPARTMENTS-Pyrenees-Orientales, LATITUDE: 42.80° N
    • In Cotes du Roussillon AOC.(North)/ (Laps)Cotes du Roussillon Village AOC.
    • COMMUNES-Maury, St-Paul de Fenouillet, Lesquerde, Tautavel, Rasiquers, @Hw.#D117,
  • TOPOGRAPHY- Flat/ Rolling/ Hilly/ Terraces/ Valley(Maury, Agly), On~Maury~River~
    • SLOPES/ Massif des Corbieres/ Pyrenees Mountains, +Alt. 100mt. – 400mt.
  • SOILS- Metamorphic, Sedimentary Limestone, Black Schist, Slate, Black Marl, Clay
  • CLIMATE-  Mediterranean” With Continental” Influence, +WIND/ Tramontane
  • VITICULTURE-  3,463 ha./ 580 haPlanted
    • Estate/ Producers- Cave de Maury, Coume du Roy, D66(Dave Phinney/E./108 ha.), Desire Esteve, Jean-Louis Lafage, Maurydore, Mas Amiel(145ha.), Mas Karolina(2ha.), Pouderoux, Saint-Roch, Des Soulanes, Les Vignerons de Maury
  • VINICULTURE- Non-Conforming AOC. Wines Must Be Labeled Cotes Catalanes IGP.
    • Vin Doux Naturel(Fortified During Fermentation With ?),  +AGED/+15yr.
      • *STYLES/ Ambre,  Tuile,  Hors d’Age(+Aged +5 yr.),  Rancio,  Blanc,  Rancio,  Grenat
      • Recolte/ Vendange(+Aged/ +1 yr. In Airtight Container, Producing Non-Oxidative Style)
    • Maury Sec
  • HISTORY- 1659 @Maury Came Under French Rule After the Treaty of the Pyrenees.
  • CULTURE- 1936 @Maury AOC. Officially Established.

RIVESALTES AOC.     @Rivesaltes

  • BLANC= Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris
  • ROUGE= Grenache
  • GEOGRAPHY- France, REGION-Roussillon, DEPARTMENTS-Pyrenees-Orientales
    • In Cotes du Roussillon AOC.
  • VITICULTURE-  ?  haPlanted,  CHALLENGES/ Drought
    • Estate/ Producers- Arnaude de Villeneuve, Cazes, Rancy
  • VINICULTURE- Vin Doux Naturel
      • *STYLES/ (4)- Ambre,  Grenat,  Tuile,  Rose,  Hors d’Age,  Rancio

  • MUSCAT De RIVESALTES AOC.     @Rivesaltes
    • BLANC= Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains, Muscat de Alexandria
    • GEOGRAPHY- France, REGION-Roussillon, DEPARTMENTS-Pyrenees-Orientales
      • In Cotes du Roussillon AOC.
    • VINICULTURE- Vin Doux Naturel(Fortified During Fermentation With ?)
      • Estate/ Producers- Aphrodis, Boudau, Caladroy, Cazes, Daure, Lafage, Mas Amiel

BANYULS AOC.     @Banyul

  • BLANC= Macabeu, Malvoisie, Muscat
  • ROUGE= Grenache(+50%), Carignan
  • GEOGRAPHY- France, REGION-Roussillon(South), DEPARTMENT-Pyrenees-Orientales
    • BORDERS- Spain/ Catalunya(South)
  • TOPOGRAPHY- Rolling/ Hilly/ Mountainous/ Terraces, On~Coast/ Mediterranean~Sea~
  • SOILS- Metamorphic, Vermeille(Dark Schist With Thick Soil On Top)
  • VITICULTURE-  ? haPlanted
    • Estate/ Producers- Coume del Mas, Le Cabot des Mailloles(Nat.Pro.), La Tour Vieille
  • VINICULTURE- Vin Doux Naturel(Fortified During Fermentation With ?), +AGED/ 30mo.
    • Blanc,  Ambre,  Rose,  Rimage,  Traditionnel,  Hors d’age,  Rancio,  Tuile
    • Matured In Bottles(Demi-Muids/ demijohns/ Bonbonnes)

  • BANYULS GRAND CRU AOC.     @Banyul
    • ROUGE= Grenache(+75%)
    • VINICULTURE- +AGED/ 30mo.
      • *STYLES/ Hors d’Age(Extended Aging/ +3 yr.),  Rancio,
        • Rimage(Maceration- 6/ 7 Weeks),  Rose,  Tuile

COLLIOURE AOC.     @Cerbere

  • ROUGE= Grenache, Carignan, Cinsault, Mourvedre, Syrah
  • GEOGRAPHY- France, REGION-Roussillon(South), BORDERS: Spain(South),  @Hw.#D914
  • TOPOGRAPHY- Rolling/ Hilly, On~Coast/ Mediterranean~Sea~
  • VITICULTURE- ? haPlanted
    • Estate/ Producers- Augustin, Pietri-Geraud(16ha.), St. Sebastein

Indication Geographique Protégée IGP. Roussillon

  • BLANC= Any White Grapes Varieties Approved For Production In Roussillon.
  • ROUGE= Any Red Grapes Varieties Approved For Production In Roussillon.
  • VITICULTURE- Wine Produced In ROUSSILLON Non-Conforming to AOP.


  • GEOGRAPHY- France, REGION-Roussillon, DEPARTMENT-Aude
  • TOPOGRAPHY- Flat/ Rolling/ HillyOn~Aude~River~


  • GEOGRAPHY- France, REGION-Roussillon, DEPARTMENT-?
    • Area Simular to Limoux AOC. & Malepere AOC.


  • GEOGRAPHY- France, REGION-Roussillon, DEPARTMENT-Aude


  • GEOGRAPHY- France, REGION-Roussillon, DEPARTMENT-?
    • Near Limoux
  • TOPOGRAPHYFlat/ Rolling/ Hilly, SLOPES/ Pyrenees Mountains


  • GEOGRAPHY- France, REGION-Roussillon, DEPARTMENT Aude & Ariege


  • GEOGRAPHY- France, REGION-Roussillon
    • DEPARTMENT-Aude(Southern Hills), Entirely Within Fitou AOC.


  • GEOGRAPHY- France, REGION-Roussillon, DEPARTMENT-?
  • TOPOGRAPHY Flat/ Rolling/ Hilly, SLOPES/ Eastern Pyrenees Mountains


  • GEOGRAPHY- France, REGION-Roussillon, DEPARTMENT-Pyrenees-Oreintales
    • BORDERS- Spain
  • VINICULTURE-  Rancio
    • Estate/ Producers- Clos des Fees, L’Architecte Aux Figuiers, Fontanel, Jorel, Mas Karolina, Mas Mudigilza, Mas Peyre, Nadal Hainaut, Puig-Parahy, Le Roc des Anges, Rombeau, Sau, Les Soula, Les Vignerons de Tautavel-Vingrau


  • GEOGRAPHY- France, REGION-Roussillon(South-East), DEPARTMENT-?
  • TOPOGRAPHYFlat/ Rolling/ Hilly, SLOPES/ Pyrenees Mountains(East)
    • On~Coast/ Mediterranean~Sea~
    • Estate/ Producers- Terres des Templiers, Tresmontaine

**Refer to BIBLIOGRAPHY/ Sources For Detailed On Scholarly Works Referenced.