The Minervois is one of the largest wine-producing areas in Languedoc Roussillon. Of nearly 15 000 hectares of vines, of which 5 000 are destined for the production of AOC wines, the broad palette of vins de table, vins de pays and wines from single grape varieties is completed by three distinct AOCS : the AOC Minervois, the AOC Minervois – La Livinière and the Muscat de Saint Jean de Minervois.

Facts:

  • 61 communes (16 in the Hérault et 45 in the Aude)
  • Whites (3%), Rosés (10%) and Reds (87%)
  • 140 000 hectolitres out of 4000 hectares in production
  • Maximum yield permitted of 48 hectolitres per hectare
  • Principal red and rosé grape varieties : Syrah, Grenache, Carignan, Cinsault, Mourvèdre
  • Principal white grape varieties : Grenache, Bourboulenc, Maccabeu, Marsanne, Roussanne
  • 185 independent wineries
  • 17 cooperative wineries