Appellation in the west of the French winegrowing region Languedoc, South closes the AOC Corbières, west of the AOC Cabardès and northeast the AOC Saint-Chinian at. It was classified as AOC in 1985 and belongs to the second quality category "Grands Vins du Languedoc". The city of Minerve was one of the Cathar strongholds in the Middle Ages. In 1210, 400 members of the Christian sect were burned here. It is one of the oldest vineyards France, because the Romans laid here already 125 v. Chr. Vineyards. The Roman politician Cicero (106-43 BC) tells of a wine transport from "Pagus Minerbensis" to Rome.
The vineyards cover about 5,000 hectares at 50 to 500 meters above sea level between the Canal du Midi in the south and the Montagne Noire (foothills Massif Central) in the north. The terraced Areas consist of pebble, sandstone, slate, marl and limestone. They cover 45 municipalities in the département Aude and 16 municipalities in the department Hérault in the form of a giant amphitheater. Unofficially, the area is subdivided into the sub-zones L'Argent Double, La Clamoux, La Clause, Les Côtes Noires, Petit Causse and Les Serres.
To 90% red wine is produced. These will consist of at least 60% Syrah, Mourvèdre ( Monastrell ) Grenache Noir and Lladoner Pelut ( Garnacha Peluda ), as well as a maximum of 40% Carignan Noir ( mazuelo ) Cinsault. Terret Noir Terret . Aspiran Noir and Piquepoul Noir blended. With rosé, an additional 10% of the white varieties are allowed. The bottled wine is made from at least 80% Grenache Blanc. Bourboulenc. Macabeo. Marsanne. Roussanne and Vermentino, as well as a maximum of 20% as well Piquepoul Blanc. Clairette. Terret Blanc and Muscat Blanc produced.
Well-known producers are Château Bassanel, Château Bonhomme, Château Donjon, Château de Gourgazaud, Château Maris, Chateau les Ollieux, Château d'Oupia, Château les Palais, Château Villerambert Julien, Château Villerambert Moureau, CV La Livinière, Domaine des Aires Hautes, Domaine de Barroubio, Domaine Borie de Maurel, Domaine le Cazal, Domaine Domergue, Domaine de Mayranne, Domaine Montahuc, Domaine Piccinini, Domaine Prieuré Saint Martin de Laure, Domaine Sainte Eulalie, Domaine Tailhades and Domaine la Tour Boisée.