The vineyards of Roussillon are located in the Pyrénées Orientales. They cover 20 600 hectares, producing around 621 000 hectoliters per year. The appellation borders the Mediterranean sea and the Spanish border. Located between the sea and the mountains, Roussillon offers its vineyards a dry environment with warmth and exceptional grounds.
The soils are very diverse: limestone, clay, shale, gneiss, granite. The planting method mainly used here is planting on small terraces. The very old vineyards owe their reputation to the sweet wines that are produced here. This vinification method originated in the thirteenth century and was discovered by a doctor, Arnau de Vilanova (Arnaud de Villeneuve). The most famous are the Banyuls, Maury and Rivesaltes.
Roussillon is also known for its beautiful traditional wines. In this region the winegrowers use Syrah, Mourvèdre and Carignan. The red wines of Roussillon are fleshy, fruity and spicy. The white wines are defined as fine and delicate , with notes of citrus and white fruit and floral aromas.