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Collioure is a vibrant seaport town a few miles north of the Spanish border in the coastal Mediterranean area known as French Catalonia. The vineyards are planted on steep terraces overlooking the sea where they are constantly exposed to the fierce ocean wind known as La Tramontane, which blows 120 days per year. This constant wind not only insures a low natural crop yield, but keeps the grapes remarkably free of mildew. As a result, grapes grown in Collioure typically need far less pesticide and sulfur treatments than used in other areas. The vineyards in Collioure are so steep th Collioure is a vibrant seaport town a few miles north of the Spanish border in the coastal Mediterranean area known as French Catalonia.

The vineyards are planted on steep terraces overlooking the sea where they are constantly exposed to the fierce ocean wind known as La Tramontane, which blows 120 days per year. This constant wind not only insures a low natural crop yield, but keeps the grapes remarkably free of mildew. As a result, grapes grown in Collioure typically need far less pesticide and sulfur treatments than used in other areas. The vineyards in Collioure are so steep that no cultivation can be mechanized, nor is it likely to be. Handmade stone irrigation channels snake down the hillside separating the parcels, and at harvest the grapes are carried up and down the mountain in baskets.

Banyuls, immediately south of Collioure, sits only two kilometers from the Spanish border and is famous for its port-like fortified wines.  By French law, Banyuls AOC must be at least 50% Grenache (La Tour Vieille’s is 100%), and be aged for a minimum of one year. When natural alcohol during fermentation reaches 5°, fermentation is stopped through the addition of 5-10° neutral alcohol in order to preserve the wine’s natural sweetness and fruit.at no cultivation can be mechanized, nor is it likely to be. Handmade stone irrigation channels snake down the hillside separating the parcels, and at harvest the grapes are carried up and down the mountain in baskets. Banyuls, immediately south of Collioure, sits only two kilometers from the Spanish border and is famous for its port-like fortified wines.  By French law, Banyuls AOC must be at least 50% Grenache (La Tour Vieille’s is 100%), and be aged for a minimum of one year. When natural alcohol during fermentation reaches 5°, fermentation is stopped through the addition of 5-10° neutral alcohol in order to preserve the wine’s natural sweetness and fruit.