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Banyuls

The Banyuls Grand Cru designation of origin is restricted to naturally sweet red wines from grape solely harvested by hand on the plots in the towns of Banyuls sur Mer, Cerbère, Collioure and Port-Vendres all located in the far south of France, where the Pyrenees meet the Mediterranean sea.

The Phoenicians introduced vine culture in this region 7 centuries before our era but the real development started with James I, King of Mallorca in the beginning of the 13th century. In 1830, the trade of these wines intensifies under the drive of advised traders and most of all remarkable men like the abbot Rous in the second half of the 19th century and Doctor Parcé in the second half of the 20th, both great defenders of this designation.

As a matter of fact, to this day, every effort is made to protect this Banyuls Grand Cru designation : the allowed grape varieties are numerous but the vine must be at least planted for 75% in Grenache Noir or Grenache Gris. The maximum yield is of 6000 kilograms or litres per hectare. Wines have to age in wood containers and three and a half years before being sold.