France: Languedoc Roussillon

South and East of Perpignan

Collioure and Banyuls, plus inland Côtes du Roussillon
By Richard James

This Guide was last updated on 23 April 2010
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Events

Saint Bacchus - Perpignan

Annual competition culminating in a huge wine festival in late May/early June in Perpignan.

Useful information: Details from the Perpignan Tourist Office (see above).

 

Summer wine tastings at the Palais des Rois de Majorque

Different producers’ wines available for tasting at the Palais des Rois de Majorque in Perpignan, on rotation from mid-July to the end of August.

Useful information: Organised by the Conseil Interprofessionnal des Vins du Roussillon (see 'Useful Information') as part of the 'Tourisme de Terroir' initiative.

 

Fête des Vendanges – Banyuls-sur-Mer

Held in mid-October (usually over the second weekend), lots of tastings, BBQ on the beach and more. (Best if you don’t drive even if only tasting: the police sometimes set up road blocks either side of town and breathalyse everyone! Get the train down from Perpignan) Shuttle buses run between programmed events, limited seats available.

 

Musaïques de Collioure

Wine and art festival held in mid-June in Collioure with special tastings, meals and exhibitions. Don’t even think about trying to park though - get the bus or train!

Useful information: Syndicat du Cru Collioure, 56 Avenue du Général de Gaulle, 66650 Banyuls sur Mer. Tel: 04 68 21 45 73; email: cru.banyuls@wanadoo.fr.

 

Le Printemps de l'Aspre

Art, wine, food and music festivals held in various villages in Les Aspres area (centred on Thuir) in April and May. More info: tel. 04 68 53 10 00 or at each local town hall.

 

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