Domaine Lafage, Built in a 15th Century Catalan Stone-built Farmhouse
Domaine Lafage is present in a 15th century Catalan stone-built farmhouse, present between Canet and Perpignan, near the archaeological Vilarnau site. It is one of the most famous wineries of the region, and the wines have won many prestigious local and international awards like the Gold Medals at the Concours General Agricole in Paris and the Bacchus. Almost 70% of their total wine production is exported to more than 30 countries. Jean-Marc Lafage followed his father into winemaking. In the early days, there was no mechanization, and all the work was done manually. He worked all over the world before coming back home and realizing that the Roussillon had a fantastic terroir perfect for making some of the best wines.
State of Art Winery
Some of their vines are just near the state-of-the-art winery, but most of their vineyards are scattered all around the Roussillon among a variety of different soil types. In the Agly Valley, the vines reach almost 400 meters and face strong winds. Traditional Catalan red grapes go here. The home of Le Vignon, Les Aspres, is partially planted with bush vines. In the Perpignan-Mediterranean vines are close to the sea and are almost 100 years old. The main grape varieties that grow in their vineyards are Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Mourvedre, Roussanne, Macabeau, Vermentino, Muscat, and Chardonnay. The best grapes go into the production of their award-winning red, white, rose, and dessert wines. The whole family is dedicated to winemaking, and their wines reflect the culture and unique terroir of Roussillon.