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The appellation is after the small town of Rivesaltes in the French region north of Perpignan Roussillon (Northern Catalonia) named. The vineyards cover around 5,000 hectares of vineyards in 99 municipalities in the departments Pyrenees-Orientales and Aude in the double region Languedoc-Roussillon, The partly barren, calcareous soils produce low yields, but are not consistently uniform due to the size of the area. Only the two grape varieties are allowed Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains (here Muscat de Rivesaltes) and Muscat d'Alexandrie (here Muscat Romain).
The cute Vin doux naturel is made from overripe grapes that have already dried on the vine. To the natural residual sugar of at least 100 g / l, the fermentation stopped by the addition of wine spirit and thereby the wine to 15% vol alcohol aufgespritet, There are lighter, fragrant versions with lemon and honey flavors and stronger ones with light bitter Taste and orange aroma.
Well-known producers are the winegrowers' cooperative CV de Baixas, Domaine Boudau, Domaine Brial, Château de Caladroy, Cazes Frères, Château Corneilla, Domaine Força Réal, Château de Jau, Château de Nouvelles, Château Planeres, Domaine de Rozès, Domaine Sarda-Malet, Domaine Vaquer and Arnaud de Villeneuve. Also in the other three VDN appellations in Roussillon Banyuls. Maury and Rivesaltes AOC Muscat de Rivesaltes may be used if the winemaker's vineyards are 100% planted with Muscat vines.