Office de Tourisme du Vignoble de Fronton
On this page:
- What to do?
- The vineyard history
Welcome to Fronton
Bienvenida a Fronton
Free service and accessible to everyone
How to get to Fronton wine country ?
From Toulouse: it is 29km far , Euro Centre motorway exit, follow Montauban direction then Fronton.
From Montauban: it is 22km far, on the bypass: Bressols motorway exit, then follow Labastide Saint-Pierre.
The Maison des Vins et du Tourisme is situated on the Villaudric avenue, in a wooded area, between Pierre Bourdieu high school and the Post Office just as indicated on the map right here.
The Maison des Vins et du Tourisme
Who are we ?
Due to open in January 2010, The Maison des Vins et du Tourisme in the heart of Fronton vine land will help you discover all the wealth of the surrounding area.
This magnificient typical building known as Chateau de Capdeville is set in the middle of a wooded park of 7 hectares.
The Maison des vins offers you to discover the best examples of the terroir, which is the reflection of all Fronton wines. Thanks to the expert advice, you will find here the wine that fits you.
Are you curious about our region richness?
In the same building is the Tourist Office. Here, we offer you all the information you need in order for you to have a good stay, find the right trip and visit the vineyards.
Are you a professional ?
We can receive you in order to organise your events such as seminars. Thanks to the tree-filled park, you will appreciate the calm and then you will favour your staff's concentration and individual development. The Maison des Vins et du Tourisme offers you differents meeting and reception areas that are equiped in order to succeed at best in the events you organise.
Contact us / contactenos
By phone / por teléfono : 05.61.74.80.69
Our e-mail address / nuestro correo electronico:
Postal address / direccion postal :
140 allée du château
Horarios de apertura
De junio a septiembre
De martes al sábado 10h > 12h30 y 14h30 >18h30
El domingo 10h > 12h30 (solamente en julio y agosto)
Abierto el 14 de julio y 15 de agosto
De octubre a mayo
De martes al sabado 10h > 12h30 y 14h30 >17h30
Cerrado los domingos y días festivos
From June to September:
Tuesday to Saturday 10am >12.30pm & 2.30pm > 6.30pm.
Sunday 10am > 12.30pm (only in july and august)
Opened on July 14th and August 15th
From October to May
Tuesday to Saturday 10am > 12.30pm & 2.30pm > 5.30pm.
Closed Sunday & bank holidays
Wine and cheese tasting
From october 2016 to June 2017
Here is the program of the wine and cheese tasting that happen every first Thursday of each month at the Maison des Vins et du Tourisme
Every first Thursday of the month at 7pm, the Maisons des Vins et du Tourisme offers you to taste wines and some pieces of cheese. Each time, a selection of wines that come from an AOC Fronton’s domain is associated with a choice of pieces of cheese refined from the SENA shop will be offered and commented. This tasting, animated by the duo formed by the domain’s wine grower and the cheese maker will allow you to enter the tasting universe and to discover the harmony sometimes surprising between wine and cheese. It is a convivial moment to share with friends!
Be careful, the number of places is limited, you must reserve before the Tuesday. Price: €17 for each person.
Reservation and Information: Tourist Office 05 61 74 80 69
Come and discover the artists' exhibitions every month and do not miss the private viewing for each one of them.
August 2016 : The Maison des Vins et du Tourisme presents Lise DUFAUR-MOURENS for the painting and François LAVRAT for the sculpture.
January/ February 2017: The Maison des Vins et du Tourisme presents Thérèse BOSC for the painting and Estelle DESMARD for the sculture.
Where to sleep? Where to eat?
The Fronton Tourist Office provides you two booklets where you will find some places to sleep and to eat within a radius of 20km around the city.
You can get them directly at the Tourist Office
or download them on this webpage.
The Tourist Office is not a trading organism,
it can only provide information.
The information communicated by these different service providers does not engage the responsibility of the Fronton tourist office.
A few words of history...
In the Gallo-Romain times, Fronton was situated on the way that used to join Toulouse to Cahors. It is said that the vine would have been established here.
In 1122, several lords from the region gave to the Saint-Jean Jerusalem order an immense domain in order to build a city
During the 16th and 17th centuries, Fronton, a catholic place, was at the core of the disputes between Toulouse, on the same side, and Montauban, a huge protestant place.
The city, besieged and plundered by the Protestants in 1567 had to put up royal troops during the siege of Montauban in 1621 and repulsed a final offensive in November 1628.
All along its history, Fronton has welcomed famous people.
In 1119, the Pope Calixte II blessed the church when he travelled from Toulouse to Montauban.
In 1632, Louis XIII, spent time in here. He saw the all souls mass and touched 400 persons with a skin illness that hope for a miraculous recovery.
At the beginning of the 20th century, at the N°41 of Jules Bersac street, the writer Jules Ielh (alias Michel Yell) - Marguerite Audoux’s lover - enjoyed to receive its friends André Gide and Alain Fournier.
Fronton and its vineyard
For the first time in 1122, the donation deed of the city to the Saint-Jean Jerusalem order mentions the presence of a vineyard.
The Négrette, which constitutes today the originality of the vineyard, was supposedly bring back from Cyprus by some knights when they came back from the Crusade.
But, up to the 17th century, cereal growing is far more present in the agriculture than the vineyard surface area.
It is only in the 18th century that the vineyard developed itself to reach its zenith in the 19th century. In fact, vines were planted on the three quarter of the farmable lands.
The vineyard has been strongly hurt by two crises: the phylloxera (at the end of the 19th century) and the overproduction in 1907.
The 20th century will see its recognition with the transition to AOC.
Today, the Fronton vineyard extends itself on almost 2400 hectares and twenty municipalities in the departments of Haute-Garonne and Tarn-et-Garonne. It is one of the numerous richness of our region. The red wines, with their fruity, flowery and spicy flavours will go well with grilled or roasted meats, pieces of cheese and regional specialty such as cassoulet (sausage and bean hotpot) or preserve. As for the rosé wines, they go together with cooked meats, exotic food, preserved vegetables or even grilled fishes. They are also adapted for excellent pre-dinner.