Banyuls, delicious, sweet chicken-run wine!

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Banyuls is a French Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) and is a fortified apéritif or dessert wine made from old vines cultivated on terraces on the steep, windy slopes of the Catalan Pyrenees on the French side of the border with Spain. The AOC production area is limited to four communes of the: Banyuls, Cerbère, Collioure and Port-Vendres and has a rather unusual method of production.

Stephen Cronk
The author: Stephen Cronk

I became captivated with the world of wine whilst on a visit to the Barossa Valley during my gap year in Australia. I went on to join a London wine merchant and studied wine for several years before starting my own wine business at 24. I sold the business aged 30 and went into Telecoms for 15 years, during which time I began cooking up the plan to create Mirabeau.