Vin de Paille wines are made at varying sweetness levels, from medium sweet to lusciously sweet.
The grapes are picked early so that they are healthy with good acidity levels. The bunches are then left to dry or dessicate for several months. Traditionally this was in boxes with straw, but today only about three producers do this due to the difficulties of obtaining good straw from the region and also the risk of rot. Occasionally the grapes are strung up and suspended from the rafters, but most usual is to place the bunches well separated into small wooden or plastic boxes.