“Saveurs et senteurs” Fronton Wine Festival 2017

Chateau Belaygues stall
Chateau Belaygues stall

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!

Fronton wine festival
Fronton Wine Festival takes place each August in the central square of the town of Fronton
Wine tasting at Fronton Wine Festival
Wine tasting at Fronton Wine Festival

Ineé rosé wine
Inés- the rosé wine recognized as the best in the world at the “Mondial de rosé” international rosé wine competition, Cannes 2016

Clamens Winery exists since 1878
Clamens Winery exists since 1878
Meats stall at Wine Festival of Fronton
Meats stall at Wine Festival of Fronton
1948 Simca car on display at Wine Festival of Fronton
1948 Simca car on display at Wine Festival of Fronton

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.

Fronton's Saint Jean Church was built in the 12th century
Fronton’s Saint Jean Church was built in the 12th century
Inside Saint Jean Church of Fronton
Inside Saint Jean Church of Fronton
12th century paining of a Knight Hospitaller inside Fronton's Saint Jean Church
12th century paining of a Knight Hospitaller inside Fronton’s Saint Jean Church
Knight Chapel is the oldest part of the church that was built in the 12th century but extensively renovated in 1540
Knight Chapel – with Maltese cross – is the oldest part of the church that was built in the twelfth century but extensively renovated in 1540
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