The sweet, fortified dessert wine has a very old history, its origin lies in the French region of Roussillon in the Eastern Pyrenees. The invention goes back to the famous doctor and scholar Arnaldus de Villanova (1240-1311), who experimented with brandy and wine making at the Templar vineyard around 1285. He discovered that sprit (the addition of alcohol) stopped the fermentation and preserved residual sugar in the wine. This was the birth of the VDN and this wine was already very popular in the Middle Ages. When the Kingdom of Mallorca (today Roussillon) came to France in 1659, the Sun King Louis XIV (1638-1715) served this wine to his guests in Versailles. Also the philosopher Voltaire (1694-1778) and the later US president Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) raved about it.