The appellation is an enclave in the north of the area Cotes du Roussillon-Villages in the winegrowing region Roussillon, The area extends along the southern slopes of the Massif des Corbières within the four municipalities of St.-Paul-de-Fenouillet, Maury, Tautavel and Rasiguères. Mostly terraced Vineyards cover 560 hectares of vines on brown slate soil. Maury is especially for the sweet, sprinkled Vin doux naturel (similar to one port wine ) known. To the Spriten may not exceed 10% alcohol in the form of Eau-de-Vie be added Residual sugar content must be at least 45 g / l alcohol content amount to at least 15% vol (usually the wines have 15 to 18%). The art of this kind of winemaking goes on the scholar Arnaldus de Villanova (1240-1311) back which describes the techniques distillation and stopping the fermentation perfected with alcohol.
The red wines Grenache Noir ( Garnacha Tinta ) with at least 75%, Carignan Noir ( Monastrell ) Macabeo. Syrah and Lladoner Pelud ( Garnacha Peluda ), as well as the white wines Grenache Blanc ( Garnacha Blanca ), Grenache Gris ( Garnacha Roja ) Muscat Blanc. Muscat d'Alexandrie and Malvoisie du Roussillon ( Torbato ). There are the color names grenat ( garnet ), ambré ( Amber ) and tuilé ( brick-red ). The wines are aged in 30 liter glass balloons ( Lady Jeanne ) and / or wooden barrels. The term rancio applies to oxidatively developed Wines that mature in oak barrels exposed to sunlight. This gives them the typical rustic look Rancio taste (rancid). The term hors d'âge applies to wines matured for at least five years. All combinations are possible, such as AOC Maury ambré rancio hors d'âge .
Since 2012 there has also been an appellation for dry expansion Still wines (Vin tranquille), which are produced from the same varieties as the VDN wines. The dry red wines are called Maury rouge and were previously known as Cotes du Roussillon Villages marketed. The dry whites are called maury blanc .
Well-known producers are Cave Desiré Estève, Cave Jean-Louis Lafage, Cave de Maury, Château Saint-Roch, Domaine Calvet-Thunevin, Domaine Mas Amiel, Domaine de la Coume du Roy, Domaine Lafage, Domaine Maurydoré and Domaine Pouderoux. Other Roussilon VDN are Banyuls. Muscat de Rivesaltes and Rivesaltes,