appellation is a sub-regional appellation of wines from the Languedoc. Since 4 February 2005, two commune appellations, have been recognised and distinguished for their excellence and typical character: Saint-Chinian Berlou and Saint-Chinian Roquebrun. The wine of Saint-Chinian
, one of the region's finest wines, has been an AOC since 1982 for its reds and rosés and since 2004 for its white wines.
Located on both sides of the Orb and Vernazobre rivers, the Saint-Chinian vineyards span around twenty communes northwest of Béziers: Assignan, Babeau-Bouldoux, Berlou, Causses-et-Veyran, Cazedarnes, Cébazan, Cessenon-sur-Orb, Creissan, Cruzy, Ferrières-Poussarou, Murviel-lès-Béziers, Pierrerue, Prades-sur-Vernazobre, Puisserguier, Quarante, Roquebrun, Saint-Chinian, Saint-Nazaire-de Ladarez, Vieussan and Villespassans. An extraordinary geological and climatic diversity gives Saint-Chinian a special character and each wine has its own originality. To the north the vines grow in predominately schist soil and to the south in clay-limestone soil, at an altitude of between 100 and 400 meters.
The wines of Saint-Chinian are produced from the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignan, Cinsault and Lledoner Pelut grape varieties for the red and rosé, and from the Grenache, Marsanne, Roussanne and Vermentino (also known as Rolle) for the whites. Saint-Chinian can be best appreciated in the wines produced by Mas Champart, Clos Bagatelle and Domaine La Madura.
More informations on the website of the wines of Saint-Chinian