The appellation is located north of the city of Carcassonne in the northwest of the French wine region Languedoc (in some sources it will Southwest France assigned). The AOC closes east of it Minervois on. The previous one VDQS area Côtes du Cabardès et de l'Orbiel was classified as AOC in 1999 and belongs to the second quality category "Grands Vins du Languedoc". The vineyards cover 550 hectares of vineyards on the southern slope of the Montagne Noire mountain range on diverse soils made of granite, limestone, clay, clay, marl and slate. With a length of 15 kilometers, they extend over 18 municipalities in the department Aude,
Compared to the other Languedoc wines, Bordeaux can be blended with the typical southern French grape varieties. This exception was due to the special climatic conditions (a mixture of Mediterranean and Atlantic climate) and due to the special soil type granted. Red wine and rosé are made from at least 40% Grenache Noir and Syrah, at least 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Franc and Merlot, as well as Malbec ( Cot ) and Fer produced (Carignan Noir is no longer permitted). Well-known producers are Domaine de Cabrol, Château de Pennautier, Château Rivals and Château Ventenac.