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The appellation is located in the Allier department in central France north of the area Cotes d'Auvergne, as well as west of Cotes du Forez and Cote Roannaise, It belongs to the wine-growing region Loire, The former VDQS was classified as AOP in 2009. In the Middle Ages, white wine enjoyed the highest reputation and was one of the favorite wines of the French royal court and between 1309 and 1377 the popes in Avignon. The vineyards cover 550 hectares of vineyards in 19 municipalities in the valleys of the Loire tributary Allier, as well as its inlets Bouble and Sioule over a length of 35 km. The red wine is out Gamay (40%), Pinot Noir (25%) and Gamay complexion blended. The rosé is made from Gamay by type. The white wine is made Chardonnay (50%), tressalier = Sacy (40%) and Sauvignon Blanc blended.

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