These are the Phoenicians in the fourth century BC that invested the shores of the Mediterranean and initiated the cultivation of vines. Under a climate have developed very early in Narbonne wines from naturally very sweet grapes. The improvement of the road network in the seventeenth century and the creation of new communication channels (Canal du Midi) impose this culture permanently in the local landscape.
The implementation of Muscat Saint Jean Minervois will start at the end of the sixteenth century first on small plots. Early twentieth century, ten hectares of vines Muscat Saint Jean Minervois spread over the entire shelf already provide production exception.
Under the leadership of winemaker Jean Edouard Muscat Saint Jean Minervois gets acclaim, dedicated in 1896 in the competition of Montpellier a distinction for a sweet variety of wine.
Therefore the vintners of the common will to move towards a production Muscat Saint Jean Minervois awarded numerous medals in regional competitions.
The cooperative winery Muscat Saint Jean Minervois is relatively small.
Only a dock to pour the Muscat grapes and another for red grapes. The volume is so treated 4 000 hectoliters of muscat and about 9000 hectoliters of red wine.
An AOC is not only a local, it's a tradition. St. John is said that he grows Muscat from the X century. Before 1948, only three growers were natural sweet wine with added spirit: they owned these precious grandfathering.
Our wine cooperative alone accounts for 75% of the production of Muscat Saint Jean Minervois.