Climate and vineyard Sites
A climate conducive to wine growing
With over 300 days sunshine a year, Roussillon’s climate is characterised by very hot, dry summers, mild, rainy autumns and springs and mild, sunny winters with temperatures that rarely drop below freezing.
Rainfall is low at 500 mm/year and heavy rain occurs mainly in the autumn and at the start of spring.
The strong, cold Tramontane wind that prevails in winter affords natural protection against disease for the canopy and berries.
A multi-faceted wine region
Roussillon is a small region in the South of France with extremely varied landforms which produces 14 dry appellation wines and dessert wines and 3 PGIs.
It forms an amphitheatre facing towards the Mediterranean sea and bordered by three mountain ranges: the Corbières in the North, Mount Canigou in the West and the Albères in the South.
In the heart of this amphitheatre, the Roussillon plain is crossed from North to South by three rivers – the Agly, the Têt and the Tech.
Our extensive vineyards are spread over several parts of Roussillon. They are unusual in that they boast a very wide array of geological formations and microclimates, allowing each grape variety to thrive in the most suitable location and reveal its intrinsic character.