A litle bit of history….
Viticulture has been going on on the banks of the Vernazobre since the 8th century. It was the Benedictine monks who first introduced the vine to the place where Saint-Chinian is now located.
And it turned out to be a convenient place! The wine region of Saint Chinian is bordered by the steep walls of the Espinouse in the north, in the south by the plain of Béziers, in the east by the Faugèrois and finally the Minervois in the west.
As a result, there is a microclimate in the valley with warm dry summers with two rainy periods in the spring and very abundant in the autumn. The river Orb, Mount Caroux and Tramontane have a large, refreshing influence because when it rains, the vineyards are quickly dry again due to the wind. Also not unimportant; the region is less affected by the fatal grape aphid than elsewhere.
Finally the bottom. In the north this is mainly slate-like (schist). The wines from this soil have a deep color, a very pronounced taste, fruity and low acidity. In the south you will find mostly limestone mixed with bauxite and clay. The soil is very stony so the vine produces a very concentrated grape. The spicy garrigue with mainly thyme and wild rosemary also has its influence on the grape. Here the wines are less heavy, but rounder and more elegant. All this with a convenient location at an altitude of around 123 meters, makes this area an ideal setting for wine culture.