Water and wine (Banyuls)

Vineyard by the sea. Sailing boat. Banyuls sur Mer, Roussillon, France

Banyuls, stock photography samples, by Per Karlsson, BKWine.

THIS IS ONLY A SELECTION OF SAMPLES. Use the image SEARCH function to find more relevant photos.

Banyuls is both the name of a village (full name: Banyuls-sur-Mer) and the name of an appellation controllée. Banyuls is located on the French Mediterranean coast near the border to Spain, in other words, in French Catalonia.

The village Banyuls (or small town if you prefer, some 5000 inhabitants) is a charming seaside resort with a big beach, a long seaside walk, a pleasure boat harbour and a busy restaurant and café life. It nestles between the sea and the mountains with a backdrop of impressive mountain tops – the beginning of the Pyrenees mountain range. It is also famous as the birth town of the artist Aristide Maillol.

Banyuls, the wine, is an AOC that is used for fortified wines, in French called Vins Doux Naturels (VDN). The vineyards of the region spread out over four communes: Banyuls, Cerbère, Collioure and Port-Vendres (all four charming villages). The wines are made from grenache noir, grenache gris, grenacher blanc and carignan grape varieties. Macabeu, muscat and malvoisie may also be used. The vinification is such that grape spirit (alcohol) is added to the fermenting must at an early stage. This stops the fermentation and makes for a sweet wine. Sometimes the wine is aged in glass bottles (bonbonnes or demi-jéannes – demi-johns) outside, exposed to the sun, to make the wine in an oxidative style.

All images © copyright Per Karlsson, BKWine. Images may not be used without our permission.

http://www.photoshelter.com/swf/CSlideShow.swf?sv=20090929&feedSRC=http%3A//www.photoshelter.com/c/bkwinephotography/gallery/Roussillon-Banyuls-stock-photo-samples/G0000Tm_CoaPUcjc%3Ffeed%3Drss%26ppg%3D200&target=_self&f_l=t&f_fscr=t&f_tb=t&f_bb=t&f_bbl=f&f_fss=f&f_2up=f&f_crp=t&f_wm=t&f_s2f=t&f_emb=t&f_cap=t&f_sln=t&ldest=c&imgT=casc&cred=iptc&trans=xfade
Roussillon Banyuls stock photo samples – Images by Per Karlsson

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Print Friendly
Share

, , , ,

2 Responses to Water and wine (Banyuls)

  1. wine of the month club February 16, 2010 at 00:24 #

    This is a beautiful part of France. A little off the beaten path but worth visiting.

  2. Per and Britt, BKWine February 16, 2010 at 20:40 #

    Go there in French vacation season and you'll see how beaten the path is!

Leave a Reply

Subscribe to comments:

Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.