The appellation is located in the winegrowing region Loire
at the top of the river. The former VDQS division was classified as AOP in 2009. The vineyards cover 410 hectares of vineyards in 53 communities. There are five subsegments: Boudes, Chanturgue, Châteaugay, Corent and Madargues, whose names may be added to privileged communities. The red and rosé wines account for two thirds of production and are mainly made from Gamay with proportions of Pinot Noir. The white wines are produced from Chardonnay. Well-known producers are Bourcheix, Pradier, Persilier and Prugnard.