Collioure AOC

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Collioure is an Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) for French wines situated around the town of Collioure in the Roussillon wine region of France. Red, rosé and a few white wines are produced-the reds from Grenache Noir, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Carignan and Cinsaut grapes; the white are made from a blend of from Grenache blanc and Grenache gris.P. Saunders Wine Label Language pg 55 Firefly Books 2004 ISBN 1552977200 The boundaries of the AOC are identical with the Banyuls AOC as many of the grapes grown in Collioure destined for use in the fortified Vins doux naturels of the region. The grapes that do not get used for Banyuls are then produced as non-fortified still wines under the Collioure AOC.J. Robinson (ed) "The Oxford Companion to Wine" Third Edition pg 188 Oxford University Press 2006 ISBN 0198609906

History

Viticulture was likely introduced to the area soon after the ancient Greeks introduced winemaking to the Languedoc are in the 6th century BC. Under the Romans, viticulture spread throughout the area with the nearby cities of Narbonne, Carcassonne and Perpignan being major centers for the trade of Roussillon wine from areas like Collioure.E. McCarthy & M. Ewing-Mulligan "French Wine for Dummies" pg 213-221 Wiley Publishing 2001 ISBN 0764553542 For a large part of its...
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