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VDN

See below Vin doux naturel,

The sweet, fortified dessert wine has a very old history, the origin is in the French area Roussillon in the eastern Pyrenees. The invention goes to the famous physician and scholar Arnaldus de Villanova (1240-1311), who experimented with brandy and wine production around 1285 at the Knights Templar Winery. He found that by adding alcohol to the fermentation stopped and residual sugar obtained in the wine (see under Spriten ). That was the birth of the VDN and this wine was already very popular in the Middle Ages. When the Kingdom of Mallorca (now Roussillon) came to France in 1659, the Sun King served Louis XIV. (1638-1715) this wine to his guests in Versailles. The philosopher Voltaire (1694-1778) and the later US President Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) raved about him.

The designation and production methods of the VDN were first legally protected in 1872. In 1936, these wines got the AOC classification, the individual areas are distributed to the départements Aude....

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