The appellation is located in the west of the French wine region Languedoc, It is an enclave in the east of the AOC Minervois, The White sweet wine was classified as AOC in 1949. It belongs to the second quality category "Grands Vins du Languedoc". The vineyards cover 200 hectares of vineyards on calcareous clay soils at 250 to 280 meters above sea level. They extend at the foot of the Montagne Noire around the eponymous municipality of Saint-Jean de Minervois in the department Hérault, It is one of the four Vin doux naturel in the Languedoc. The wine is 100% pure Muscat Blanc vinified. Well-known producers are Domaine de Barroubio and the local wine cooperative Les Vignerons De Saint Jean De Minervois.