The Minervois is one of the largest wine-producing areas in Languedoc Roussillon. Of nearly 15 000 hectares of vines, of which 5 000 are destined for the production of AOC wines, the broad palette of vins de table, vins de pays and wines from single grape varieties is completed by three distinct AOCS : the AOC Minervois, the AOC Minervois – La Livinière and the Muscat de Saint Jean de Minervois.

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Minervois

An AOC since 1985

 

  • 61 communes (16 in the Hérault et 45 in the Aude)
  • Whites (3%), Rosés (13%) and Reds (84%)
  • 130 000 hectolitres out of 3600 hectares in production
  • Maximum yield permitted of 48 hectolitres per hectare
  • Principal red and rosé grape varieties : Syrah, Grenache, Carignan, Cinsault, Mourvèdre
  • Principal white grape varieties : Grenache, Bourboulenc, Maccabeu, Marsanne, Roussanne
  • 177 independent wineries
  • 17 cooperative wineries
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La Livinière

An AOC since 1999

 

  • 6 communes (5 in the Hérault and 1 in the Aude)
  • Only reds
  • 9500 hectolitres out of 350 hectares in production
  • Maximum yield permitted of 45 hectolitres per hectare
  • Principal red grape varieties : Syrah, Grenache, Carignan, Cinsault, Mourvèdre et Picpoul
  • 39 independent wineries
  • 2 cooperative wineries
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Saint Jean

An AOC since 1949

 

  • 1 commune
  • Saint Jean de Minervois
  • Sweet (fortified) wine
  • 6 000 hectolitres out of 215 hectares in production
  • Maximum yield permitted of 30 hectolitres per hectare
  • Single grape variety : Muscat Petit Grain
  • 6 independent wineries
  • 1 cooperative winery