Rivesaltes AOC is a Vin Doux Naturel fortified wine from 94 communes (see below) mainly in the Roussillon region with a small part in the Corbières of France. It can be made in various styles listed below. It was once France’s biggest production VDN. The wines are made from Grenache, Macabeu, Malvoisie and Muscat. Most wines are white, with some red from Grenache Noir. The vines age in either inert (stainless steel) tanks or wood. The wines can also be bottled under the Grand Roussillon AOC.

Styles: Rivesaltes ambré. | Rivesaltes ambré hors d’âge. | Rivesaltes grenat. | Rivesaltes rancio. | Rivesaltes tuilé. | Rivesaltes tuilé hors d’âge.

Vineyard area & wine production1995 264,000hl from 14,000ha (Guide Hachette des Vins 2004, p.1080). | 2000 131,000hl (Guide Hachette des Vins 2004, p.1080). | 2002 126,180hl (Guide Hachette des Vins 2004, p.1080).

Communes: Argelès-sur-Mer. | Bages. | Baho. | Baixas. | Banyuls-dels-Aspres. | Bélesta. | Le Boulou. | Brouilla. | Cabestany. | Caixas. | Calce. | Camélas. | Canet-en-Roussillon. | Canohès. | Cascastel-des-Corbières. | Cases-de-Pène. | Cassagnes. | Castelnou. | Caves. | Céret. | Claira. | Les Cluses. | Corbère. | Corbère-les-Cabanes. | Corneilla-del-Vercol. | Corneilla-la-Rivière. | Elne. | Espira-de-l’Agly. | Estagel. | Fitou. | Fourques. | Ille-sur-Têt. | Laroque-des-Albères. | Latour-Bas-Elne. | Latour-de-France. | Lesquerde. | Leucate. | Llauro. | Llupia. | Maureillas-las-Illas. | Maury. | Millas. | Montauriol. | Montescot. | Montesquieu-des-Albères. | Montner. | Néfiach. | Opoul-Périllos. | Ortaffa. | Palau-del-Vidre. | La Palme. | Passa. | Paziols. | Perpignan. | Peyrestortes. | Pézilla-la-Rivière. | Pia. | Planèzes. | Pollestres. | Ponteilla. | Rasiguères. | Reynès. | Rivesaltes. | Saint-André. | Saint-Estève. | Saint-Féliu-d’Amont. | Saint-Féliu-d’Avall. | Saint-Génis-des-Fontaines. | Saint-Hippolyte. | Saint-Jean-Lasseille. | Saint-Jean-Pla-de-Corts. | Saint-Nazaire. | Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet. | Sainte-Colombe-de-la-Commanderie. | Saleilles. | Salses-le-Château. | Le Soler. | Sorède. | Tautavel. | Terrats. | Thuir. | Tordères. | Toulouges. | Treilles. | Tresserre. | Trouillas. | Tuchan. | Villelongue-dels-Monts. | Villemolaque. | Villeneuve-de-la-Raho. | Villeneuve-la-Rivière. | Villeneuve-les-Corbières. | Vingrau. | Vivès.

Wineries

Certified organicDomaine Jolly-Ferriol.