By far the biggest appellation in the winegrowing region Roussillon
that the entire département Pyrenees-Orientales
includes. The vineyards yield 8,800 hectares of vineyards in 125 communities. Red wine and rosé must be blended from at least two main varieties and a minor variety. The main varieties are Carignan (maximum 60%), Grenache Noir, Llladoner Pelut and Cinsaut. The minor varieties Syrah, Mourvèdre and Macabéo may make up a maximum of 20%. The white wine consists of Macabéo, Malvoisie de Roussillon (Tourbat), Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne, Rolle and Tourbat.
To the north is the higher classified area Côtes du Roussillon-Villages
with 25 municipalities. Of these, the three communities Caramany
are classified as Cru and may cite the name. The appellation applies exclusively to red wines; the rose and white wines must be declared as Côtes du Roussillon. The grape variety is similar, only 15% Syrah and Mourvèdre are prescribed. Well-known producers are CV de Baixas, Château de Canterrane, Château La Casenove
, Château de Jau, CV Catalans, Domaine Cazes Frères, Domaine des Chênes, Domaine Força Réal, Domaine Gardiés, Domaine Gauby
Domaine du Mas Camo, Domaine Matassa, Domaine Piquemal, Domaine de la Rectorie. Domaine Sarda-Malet, Domaine des Schistes and Les Maitres Vignerons de Tautavel.