FONTESOLE Languedoc, France
The Cave Fontesole cooperative (Les Vignerons de Fontesole) was founded in 1930 by thirty winemakers, today it numbers 200 members, however only 10 are providing grapes for Fontesole wines. Fontesole yields are 25 to 30% lower than most IGP Languedoc. The few vine growers are proud and attentive, involved and concerned to provide perfectly ripe berries to make fruity and generous wines, reflecting the Pézenas terroir.
Region & Vineyard Notes
Situated in the heart of Languedoc, in the first foothills of the southern Cévennes, closed to the famous Pézenas city, the vineyard of Fontès spreads over a mosaic of terroirs (schist, basalt, clay-limestone). The vines, cultivated on terraces benefiting from the influence of a Mediterranean-type microclimate, lend themselves admirably well to the production of high-quality wines. Official records do testify that vines appeared in Fontès between the 1st and 2nd centuries AD. In the 18th century, grapes represented only one third of local crops (together with olives and grain). Today, they cover 95% of the cultivable land of the village.