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Village square with woman walking dogs and Marechal (general) Joffre statue. Rivesaltes town, Roussillon, France


Rivesaltes, Roussillon, stock photography samples, by Per Karlsson, BKWine.

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Rivesaltes is a small town just north of Perpignan in Roussillon in the south of France. It is not on the coast, not on the hill slopes but on rather flat land and perhaps not in the most beautiful location, but it is on the river Agly and it is very close to the Perpignan airport. It has an old town center with winding streets and old churches.

Rivesalt is also the home to (and perhaps most famous for) the Rivesaltes fortified Vin Doux Naturel (VDN). It exists in two versions: Rivesaltes and Muscat de Rivesaltes. The Rivesaltes "plain" is perhaps the most interesting of the two wines. It is made mainly from grenache grapes and can be vinified in many different styles. The Muscat de Rivesaltes is more straight-forward: it is made from the muscat grape and is a sweet and very aromatic fortified wine.

Muscat is also famous for being the birthplace of Maréchal Joffre, Joseph Joffre, a general who became famous in the First World War and who has given his name to many a street and town square in France.

Several wine producers have set up shop around the main square in Rivesaltes, selling both their Rivesaltes VDN wines and other wines from the Roussillon region.

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