Appellation in the west of the French wine region Languedoc, The AOC closes to the south Corbières, west of the AOC Cabardès and northeast of the AOC Saint-Chinian on. 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 wine-growing regions France, because the Romans already laid 125 BC BC vineyards. The Roman politician Cicero (106-43 BC) reports a wine transport from "Pagus Minerbensis" to Rome.
The vineyards cover around 5,000 hectares of vineyards at 50 to 500 meters above sea level between the Canal du Midi in the south and the Montagne Noire (Massif Central foothills) in the north. The terraced Surfaces consist of pebble, sandstone, slate, marl and limestone. They extend over 45 municipalities in the department Aude and 16 municipalities in the department Hérault in the form of a huge amphitheater. Unofficially, the area is divided into the subzones L'Argent Double, La Clamoux, La Clause, Les Côtes Noires, Petit Causse and Les Serres.
Two small areas classified as independent AOC form enclaves. These are in the center Minervois La Livinière for red wine as well as in the northeast Muscat de Saint-Jean de Minervois for sweet white wine.
90% of red wine is produced. These are made up of at least 60% Syrah, Mourvèdre ( Monastrell ) Grenache Noir and Lladoner Pelut ( Garnacha Peluda ) and a maximum of 40% Carignan Noir ( mazuelo ) Cinsault. Terret Noir Terret . Aspiran Noir and Piquepoul Noir blended. A maximum of 10% of the white varieties are allowed for rosé. The WQeißwein is made from at least 80% Grenache Blanc. Bourboulenc. Macabeo. Marsanne. Roussanne and Vermentino, and 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.