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Book cover of Rosemary George's guide, The Wines of Roussillon, with vineyards and mountains behind. Published by Academie du Vin.

The Wines of Roussillon

By (author) Rosemary George


  • Uncovers mainland France's most southerly wine region, a rugged hidden gem
  • Rosemary George's unique approach allows the winemakers to explain the region in their own voice
  • Makes an ideal companion to Rosemary George's previous wine book, Wines of the Languedoc
Full Description

The epithet ‘hidden treasure’ may be overused but it can truly be applied to the often-overlooked wine region of Roussillon. Tucked into the southernmost corner of France, Roussillon’s reputation was founded on the popularity of its Vins Doux Naturels, which were particularly celebrated in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries but have declined in popularity since the 1980s. Partly in response to this, over the last 20 years levels of production have shifted in favor of table wines, or vins secs, as they are known locally. Roussillon’s winemakers are still fine-tuning their talent for vins secs, but many have already created exciting, original and delicious wines; red, white and pink, as well as orange. In The Wines of Roussillon, Rosemary George MW takes us on a journey through the hilly landscape, revealing the huge variety of soil types and micro climates the region offers and explaining how viticulture is tackled in its rugged, sloping vineyards. Producer profiles make up the major part of the book; while some are continuing a long family tradition, the region has also seen an influx of winemakers from outside Roussillon attracted by the relative affordability of land or the excitement of helping to develop the region’s identity. Complete with vintage assessments and thorough appendices, this book is an eye-opening treat for wine lovers keen to make new discoveries.

About the Author

Rosemary George spent nine years in the wine trade with The Wine Society, Louis Eschenauer (Bordeaux), H Sichel & Sons, Findlater Matta and Les Amis du Vin. In 1979 she became one of the first women to qualify as a Master of Wine. A freelance writer since 1981, she has written 13 books, covering the Languedoc, Chablis, Tuscany and New Zealand. She is a contributor to various magazines including Decanter and Sommelier India.

Academie du Vin Library
19th Mar 2024
Paperback / softback
USA & Canada
6.14 in x 9.21 in
294 Pages
16 color, 5 b&w
Name of series
The Classic Wine Library
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