Fronton wine region produces what people call the wine of Toulouse! Indeed the region that spreads on more than 2000 ha, between the Garonne and Tarn Rivers, is just some 30 km or 18 mi north-west of the city. Fronton produces for the most part red and rosé wines from mainly “negrette” grape variety but also from syrah, cabernet franc, sauvignon, gamay, mauzac and malbec.
Grapes were grown in the region since Roman occupation of Gaul times. In the 12th century the Knights of the Order of Saint John settled in Fronton and started to grow grapes around their commandery – that was located on the site of the nowadays church of the town of Fronton. It was the knights who brought the “negrette” grape variety from Cyrpus – where it was grown under the name of “mavro”, which means black Greek- to the southwest of France.
Nowadays Fronton region produces annually in its 40 wineries, 65,000 hl of wine (65%red), which means more than 8 million of bottles each year.
One of the most remarkable wines of Fronton is the rosé* named “Inès” that won the title of the “Best rosé of the world” twice in 2008 and 2016 at the “Rosé World Championship” of Cannes.
Each year in August the wineries of Fronton gather and present their wines during a weekend long event named: “Saveurs et senteurs”, event that takes place in the center of the little town of Fronton. It is an opportunity for wine lovers to taste (and buy at cellar price) Fronton wines, to talk to the wine makers and enjoy the party ambience that accompanies this event.
* Contrary to the popular opinion rosé wines are not made by blending red and white wines; this process is actually forbidden with the exception of making rosé champagne. The rosé wines are made from grapes with blue-black skin and white pulp and their color comes from the contact between the resulting white juice and the remaining berry skins.
Hi, I am Carla. I am living and working in the beautiful city of Toulouse, France.
I like history, travel and... the southwest of France and try to share through this blog information about events that might be of interest to the travelers to this part of the world!