You're in Minervois, the heart of Cathar country
Situated between the Regional Parc of the "Upper Languedoc" and the "Montagne Noir", "le Minervois" a noble land of tradition and authenticity, bordering the Mediterranean Sea in the west and with views over the Pyrenees in the south. With the magnificent medieval villages, particularly Minerve, this region offers you a marvelous abundance of vineyards, the typical regional mountains of the Mediterranean with the "Garrigues" and the "Causses", and the forests of beeches and chestnuts. Thanks to its beautiful landscape and a rich history that includes the Cathar heresies "The Minervois" is a truly unique land.
Whether walking or riding a bike alongside it, gazing up to the clouds while lazing on the deck of a canal boat while it winds its way along its tranquil path, picnicking on its banks, or enjoying the pleasure of a Minervois wine in one of its many restaurants, the Canal du Midi offers an escape into tranquility and aesthetic beauty.
The Minervois wine region is one of the largest of the Languedoc Roussillon. Close to 15 000 ha of vineyards, with 5 000 ha dedicated to the production of wines of AOC (appellation controlled). There is a large range of table wines, vins de pays and the high quality controlled appellations: AOC Minervois, AOC Minervois–La Livinière and the Muscat of Saint Jean de Minervois. At the Chai- Port Minervois you will find each year a selection of wines from the Minervois, chosen by the wine makers of the Minervois. Nearly 150 wines and local gourmet delicacies are available for purchase.
Situated near the Parc Régional du Haut Languedoc and sheltered by the Montagne Noire, the Minervois, a noble land of tradition and authenticity, also benefits from the Mediterranean Sea on its west and the Pyrenean mountain to the south. With its splendid medieval villages, like Minerve, this region offers an abundance of vineyards and all types of landscapes. But the Minervois is first and foremost the land of Cathars: a cultural heritage.