The South of France series: wines of Roussillon

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Explore the rocky vineyards of France's extreme southern fringe and taste the extraordinary variety of wines produced here from delicate whites to perfumed fortified wines.

Event details

The impossibly rocky foothills of the Pyrenees may not be the first place you'd expect vines to flourish but, against the odds, they cling on to make one-of-a kind wines. This ancient wine region, often forgotten, on France's southern most fringe, produces wine is incredible depth, complexity and concentration.

In our final instalment of the South of France series, join Sam Povey on a trek through the gnarled vineyards of the Roussillon. Along the way, we'll taste stoney whites made from Macabeu, a full range of reds from the delicate to the muscular, and even the surprisingly complex ancestors of the much maligned Vin Doux Naturels.

Each session will have a selection of snacks from France and beyond to enjoy alongside the wines.

Save £35 by booking all four sessions for £180.

Example wine list

  • Domaine Jones - "A Different Direction" 2021
  • Domaine Padie - IGP Côtes Catalanes "Milouise" 2019
  • La Soula - "La Maceration du Soula" No. 19
  • Domaine of the Bee - IGP Côtes Catalanes "The Bee-side" 2021
  • Domaine Modat - IGP Côtes Catalanes "Comme Avant" 2016
  • Domaine Gauby - IGP Côtes Catalanes "Muntada" 2009
  • Domaine de Rancy - Rivesaltes Ambre "Le Temps d'un Oubli" NV
  • Domaine de Rancy - IGP Côtes Catalanes "Maccabeu Sec" 2011

About the presenter

Sam Povey

Sam Povey is a wine educator from Aberdeen, Scotland. He first discovered his interest in wine at university and pursued it by travelling to Georgia and his local wine shop. Before joining the industry, he was an economics tutor but fell into wine when he took a job behind the bar at an urban winery. He then moved into wine and food retail in north London: managing wine lists, hosting tastings and training staff. Today, he teaches the WSET Levels 1-2 Awards in Wines and hosts events at WSET School London. Read our Q&A with Sam.

Other sessions in this series

Booking terms and conditions

Payment in full must be made at the time of booking and places are not confirmed until payment has been received. Unfortunately we cannot take provisional bookings.

Cancellations and transfers

  • Cancellations and transfers can be made up to two weeks before the event
  • Cancellations within 10 working days are non-refundable and cannot be transferred to another event
  • If you need to change a name on the booking, please give us as much notice as possible
  • WSET School London reserves the right to cancel an event. If necessary, a full refund or transfer will be offered.

Please note: The wine list and speaker/s may be subject to change

Tasting level

Intermediate: An in-depth exploration of a particular topic. Some prior knowledge is beneficial – such as a WSET Level 2 qualification – but these sessions will be enjoyable and educational for anyone with an interest in the subject.

Contact us

If you would like to book over the phone or have any enquiries about this event, please contact our Student Services team via 020 7089 3841 or