Bordering Spain’s Catalonia, Roussillon in southern France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the foothills of the Pyrenees. Its1800 vast hectares of “terroir” produce nearly 40% of French wine production. Roussillon wines are products of hard labor due to the steep slopes on which the vines grow. The region’s remarkable climate and traditional form of viticulture creates wines full of character and life. Banyuls and Collioure wines are forged by the sea, mountains and sun and are, above all, wines for pleasure. They are elegant, Grenache-based, and expressive of the ruggedness of the schistose soil. A new generation of vintners has produced an impressive selection of wines offering elegance, power and finesse.