La Tour de Vieille is known for its impressive sweet wines made in the Banyuls region of French Catalonia. Founded in 1982, Vincent Cantié and Christine Campadieu have spent years honing their vineyards on the côte Vermeille planted mainly to the three colors of Grenache, white, gray, and black. This is a mountainous area where the soils are very rocky, made from schist that forces the roots of the vines deep down into the rock for nutrients, which naturally limits yields, increases concentration, and imparts more mineral content. The two work the vineyards overlooking the Mediterranean as organically as possible, and due to the rugged terrain, all work must be done by hand. It's so important to give the details on the wine because it is the basis for this vinegar and separates a good vinegar from an outstanding one. It is safe to say that most places making vinegar aren't going to oversee this part of the process, let alone put this much effort into the vine-growing and winemaking. Many will buy grapes or juice already made, which is another unique point that makes La Tour de Vieille better. Its also made from 100% Grenache, where some producers will potentially use other less expensive grapes. This started out intending to be wine but was selected to become vinegar. Banyul vinegar is very light and energetic. It has a natural sweetness and a lower acidity, which allows it to be used on dishes and in them. This has a deep flavor with red fruits and a savory, nutty note from the exposure of oxygen during aging and is a slightly more exotic or gourmet replacement for Sherry or Red wine vinegar. It is an excellent addition to salads, roasted vegetables, marinades, drizzled over roasted meats, and fish. It is even acceptable on desserts with red fruits, where it brightens up the flavors and adds a beautiful mouth-watering acidity. A rare vinegar here in the US, this is great for quickly sprucing up dishes at home, comes with a great story, and is one of the best Banyuls Vinegars around.