The appellation in the French region Roussillon
is named after the small town of Rivesaltes north of Perpignan. It is geographically identical to the appellation Muscat de Rivesaltes
and differs in the approved grape varieties. The vineyards cover around 14,000 hectares of vines, making this the largest area for sweet, fortified Vin doux naturel
, Of the dozen or so different VDNs in France (including eight in the Languedoc-Roussillon area), 50% of the production is on the Rivesaltes. A large number of grape varieties are permitted in relation to Muscat de Rivesaltes. The wine may be blended from Muscat Blanc, Muscat...