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Banyuls is the most Southerly of the French Appellations, nestling on terraced vineyards, with spectacular views of the Mediterranean or the Pyrénées, depending on one's point of view. The wines are dominated by Grenache (rather then Muscat as is the case in Rivesaltes further north) with spirit added while the must is still on its skins, followed by further maceration then often extended ageing, either in old barrels or demi-johns (often kept outside in the sun). The unfortified version is know as Collioure. Capable of extreme complexity and surprising elegance, this is the archetype of a fortified Grenache.