Since the 13th C., the stony terraces of the Frontonnais and the Toulouse area in the Haute-Garonne have been home to a vineyard whose reputation has never diminished. The microclimate of this area, the presence of gravelly soils and a unique grape variety, the Négrette, enabled it to obtain  its Appellation d’Origine Protégée (AOP) in 1975.

In the Toulouse Area, several estates are developing the brand « Vin de Pays du Comté Tolosan ».

And in the Volvestre, our ancestors, the Gauls - the Volques Tectosages - introduced vines to this area and discovered the delights of wine. To maintain the tradition, ten or so winegrowers have replanted selected vine stocks and invested in modern equipment. The wine has a specific character which comes from the alluvial soils rich in large pebbles and from the influence of a climate dominated by the Pyrenees not far away.

“Wine consoles the sad, rejuvenates the old, inspires the young and relieves the careworn of the weight of their troubles.”

Lord Byron, 1788-1824

Twenty-five wine growers/makers have signed up to a charter committing themselves to making the public welcome to their estates and châteaux located on the AOP Fronton Vineyard WIne Road. As well as road signs indicating the domains, a tourist map showing each vineyard and its opening hours is available on request.

The Maison des Vins et du Tourisme in Fronton

In the heart of the vineyard country, in the remarkable setting of the Château de Capdeville, this 19th C. residence has been renovated to make it into a showcase not only for AOP Fronton wines but also for the Toulouse Area itself. Finding out about the area and a tasting with the advice of a specialist round off the visit. The Tourist Office provides all the information needed for visiting the castles and villages in the surrounding area, plus a reception room which is ideally suited to groups, seminars and business events.