The Roussillon vineyards have two regional Appellations d’Origine Controlle viz. Cotes du Rousillon and Collioure. These break down into a number for zonal appellations such as AOC Cotes Roussillon Villages.
There are four Appellations; Banyuls, Maury, Rivesaltes and Muscat de Rivesaltes; for the sweet fortified Vins Doux wines that are a speciality of the region. Plus there is an appellation for those villages that don’t make the top four areas! Grand Roussillon is an appellation for sweet wine from 89 Roussillon villages. The appellation is not including the sweet wines from Banyuls, Rivesaltes, Maury and Collioure which deserve each of them their own appellation. Roussillon is without doubt an interesting region for both red and white sweet wine. The grapes usually used are Muscat blanc, Muscat romain and Grenache for sweet white wine, Grenache, Carignan, Cinsault and Lista for sweet red wine.
In addition there are six Vin de Pays appellations.
A typical zonal Appellation
Côtes du Roussillon
Côtes du Roussillon Villages label is granted to 25 villages along the Agly river, just south of Corbières. Côtes de Roussillon Villages produces only red wine. They are stronger than the Roussillon and express the most of their sunny terroir.