Minervois is an AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée) for wines produced in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France, more specifically in the Minervois area.
This AOC is exclusive to the production of red, white and rosé wines. The red wines are made from a blend of grape varieties, with Carignan, Grenache, and Syrah being the most common, while the white wines are made from varieties such as Roussanne, Marsanne, and Viognier. The rosé wines are made from the same grape varieties as the reds.
The Minervois wines are known for their rich, full-bodied and tannic characteristics, with flavours of dark fruit and spices. The AOC regulations specify the grape varieties, alcohol content, and maximum yield per hectare. Wines bearing the Minervois AOC label must have been made using grapes grown, fermented, and aged in the Minervois area, and must pass a blind taste test before they can be sold.