Hannibal’s AWOL Army, Walden Pond Add Aura to Roussillon Wines – by John Mariani
When a tiny wine region in France produces nine different white varietals and six reds from 15 types of grape, it’s easy to see why it is little known or appreciated by most wine lovers.
Even to get to the vineyards of Roussillon, set in an arc on the Mediterranean below the Pyrenees mountains that divide France and Spain, you really have to ask directions. The region was battled over for centuries, with France finally getting the upper hand in 1659.
Grape vines here date back even earlier. Legend has it that in 217 B.C. deserters from Hannibal’s army stayed behind in the region to become farmers and vignerons. […]