Fronton AOC

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Fronton AOC is an Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) for wine in South West France in the département of Haute-Garonne and Tarn-et-Garonne, located about 35km north of Toulouse.

History[edit]

Fronton is an old wine production region with the first vines planted by the Romans on the land overlooking the valley of Tarn.

Wines[edit]

  • Most of the Fronton area wines (about 85%) are red wines made primarily of the Fronton's exclusive grape variety Négrette (minimum 50% in the blend). The Négrette (sometimes known as Pinot St. George when grown in the United States) gives the wine fruity and delicate features, providing a powerful red wine, dark and tannic, with aromas of violet and licorice. Reds reach their fullness between 4-7 years. Other grape varietes include Syrah, Côt, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Fer Servadou, Gamay, Cinsaut and Mauzac.
  • Rosé wines (around 15% of production) are characterized by low acidity, and especially when négrette is present these wines are drunk young.

Production[edit]

200 cooperative winery members and 60 wineries produce in total about 100,000 hectoliters yearly. The vineyards cover 2,300 hectares spread over 20 municipalities, including:

Haute-Garonne : Bouloc, Castelnau-d'Estrétefonds, Fronton, Saint-Rustice, Vacquiers, Villaudric, Villematier, Villemur-sur-Tarn et Villeneuve-lès-Bouloc

Tarn-et-Garonne : Bessens, Campsas, Canals, Dieupentale, Fabas, Grisolles, Labastide-Saint-Pierre, Montbartier, Nohic, Orgueil et Pompignan

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