Published 25 / 10 / 2021 Reading time: 3 min
Rosé has never ceased to enhance your aperitifs, white wine has made its place alongside this summer star, and red wind has asserted itself as the great favorite of your barbecues... a visit to the cellar Gruissan cooperative is a must!
A terroir of a thousand colors
Starting from Gruissan, most of the walks lead you to the heart of the Aude vineyard. At the end of summer, the air carries the scent of freshly cut grapes: the harvest has begun. The village then sees a ballet taking place in the early morning. The pickers gather in front of the cellar before heading towards the land which must be shed of its fruits. Throughout the day, the grape pickers are busy in the rectilinear rows of vines. Their silhouettes leaning over the vines punctuate the landscape. They straighten up at regular intervals to pour the precious berries on the backs of the carriers.
Tasting with Mediterranean accents
The harvest season marks the end of the holidays. If the sky is still clear, the temperatures are getting cooler. This is the perfect time to explore the terroir of Gruissan. The cooperative cellar is an essential place to learn about it. To discover the local "Apellations d'Origine Contrôlée" (CDOs), you will discover here, in addition to the famous liqueur wines such as Muscat or Cartagena, red, white and rosé wines, the flagships of the appellations "La Clape" and "Corbières". La Cave de Gruissan is renowned for its top-of-the-range cuvées such as Alta Vinha and Grussius. For lovers of carbonic maceration, the Grussius cuvée embodies the philosophy of the cooperative cellar: it is the result of a blend of Mourvèdre and Grenache with a hint of Syrah harvested by hand.
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Sun-drenched grape varieties
Each year, the 300 hectares managed directly by the cooperative cellar produce around 10 hectoliters of wine. Here, Grenache, Carignan and Mourvèdre are sublimated by the sun. As for the whites, Vermentino, Bourboulenc and Muscat offer beautiful cuvées whose balance oscillates between roundness and tension for the greatest pleasure of your palate.
The terroir, under Mediterranean influence, offers ideal conditions for the vines: they benefit from one of the best levels of sunshine in France. The clay-limestone soils are rich in nutrients and heatwave episodes are counterbalanced by sea spray. They give the grapes a little freshness, even in the middle of summer!
The Cave de Gruissan in video
Whatever your tastes, you will find a few "bottles" to take home with you. When winter comes to the fore, all you have to do is open a good bottle to find all the flavors of Gruissan and warm up while waiting for summer!
The cooperative cellar of Gruissan is a friendly place where the terroir is in the spotlight.