Don't miss the Minervois vineyard during your cruise on the Canal du Midi. Clinging to the lower slopes of the Black Mountain, the Minervois is recognized as an AOC since 1985. Stretching about 50 kilometres from east to west and around 30 from north to south, the climate gradually changes from oceanic to typically Mediterranean. The altitude can vary from 50 metres by the banks of the Canal du Midi and Aude river to over 500 metres on the lower mountainsides.
Its geographic features, added to its proximity or distance from the Mediterranean sea, mean that the climate variations are pretty wide. These variations, combined with distinctly different soils add the character to Minervois terroirs and countryside.
The vineyard is one of the largest and most varied in The Languedoc-Roussillon. Three quite distinct AOCs are produced by 220 independent producers and 20 cave cooperatives: AOC Minervois, AOC Minervois-La Livinière and AOC Muscat de Saint-Jean-de-Minervois (sweet white wine). Only AOC Minervois and AOC Minervois-La Livinière can claim to be part of the AOC Languedoc