Deep in the Southwest corner of France lies Department 66, which serves as the inspiration and namesake for our winery and vineyards in the town of Maury. Roughly two hours east of Barcelona, Spain, and thirty minutes inland from the ancient Roman port city of Perpignan, old vine Grenache thrives along with Syrah and Carignan in the “Cotes Catalanes;” a sub-appellation of the Roussillon.
Department 66 was founded in 2008 after winemaker David Phinney made an impromptu visit to the small village of Maury, part of the Roussillon region of Southern France, where he purchased just under forty acres of old vine Grenache. In the spring of 2009, Phinney began construction on a custom winery, resulting in full control over the wine production process. Today, Phinney owns over three hundred acres of vineyards in Maury, France with a focus on Grenache based blends. For more information please visit www.department66.com.