The area of Fitou goes from the southern end of the Corbières close to the border with Roussillon. It is a wild and sparsely populated place where the local wine is much appreciated with hearty dishes fit for mountain living.
Fitou was the first area of the Languedoc to be granted appellation status for red table wines. It gained huge popularity in the 1970s and then suffered a slow decline as a result of over selling.
The Dell'Ova family own this 65-hectare estate close to the sea at La Palme, an arid, windy stretch of land that can be flecked with sea spray when conditions are right, and Thierry and André Dell'Ova have achieved organic certification in recent years.
From their plantings of grenache, mourvèdre, syrah, carignan and muscat blanc à petits grains they produce several wines as well as the Fitou, including Rivesaltes and Muscat de Rivesaltes.