The 2017 edition of “Saveurs et senteurs” Fronton Wine Festival was somehow a scaled down event compared with the previous editions.
To be sure the festival did include the stalls of the 26 most representative Fronton wine chateaux and with them endless possibilities of Fronton wine tasting – including testing of Inés, the crown jewel rosé wine from the Comte de Négret winery, winner of the gold medal at the famous international rosé wine championship “Mondial des rosés” in Cannes in 2016 -, music and culinary workshops, inductions in the “Commanderie des Maîtres Vignerons du Frontonnais”, a Fronton wine competition etc. But at least on Sunday – the last day of the festival – the public was less numerous and the air less festive compared to last year!
The little village of Fronton situated in the heart of the namesake wine region and the host of the “Saveurs et senteurs” – “Flavors and scents” – wine festival is an interesting historic place in itself.
The small town was founded in the 12th century by the Knights of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem who built here a church dedicated to Saint John. The church was consecrated on the 18th of July 119 in the presence of Pope Callixtus II. The church that was extensively renovated in 1540 still stands in the center of the town. Not a lot is left from the 12th building except the “Knights Chapel” and a wall painting on the right side of the church.