Established in 1985, Minervois
covers about 15,000 hectares (37,066 acres), about one-third of which currently produces that appellation. As one of the biggest appellations in the Languedoc-Roussillon region, it offers a very diverse range of wines.
A few high-quality whites and rosés are grown here, but Minervois produces mainly red wines made from Syrah, Grenache, Carignan, Cinsault, and Mourvèdre. They run the gamut from fruity, early-drinking quaffers to complex wines that require long aging to reveal their full personality.
Minervois is northwest of Carcassonne and northeast of Narbonne, with its back against the Montagne Noire. The soil here is composed of stones, schist, sandstone, or limestone alternating with marl. The Mediterranean climate encourages the grapes to ripen fully, and when the vines are assaulted by violent storms they are then quickly dried by almost constant winds.
Anyone who has doubts about Minervois will become a believer after trying the wines offered by Château Festiano, Château l'Amiral, and Château d'Oupia.
More informations on the website of the wines of Minervois