The Wine Story that is more than 900 Years Old
The Viscount of Narbonne founded Abbaye de Fontfroide back in 1093. The vineyard in Fontfroide exists for the last 900 years when Cistercian monks planted vines on the estate to make their own great wines. Step by step, the monks got a deeper insight into nature and their terroir, and so chose the best plots and amplified their winemaking techniques. The owner today still cultivates those plots from the past and produces many great-tasting wines. The winery is located in the Languedoc – Roussillon wine region. So the terroir of the vines is based on the beautiful foothills of the Massif de Fontfroide. It has sandy-clay soils that lend a certain expression to the grapes and in the result to the wine itself. Red and white grapes ripe slowly here and develop a unique and aromatic maturity.
Consequently, these intense wines have both complexity and unusual fruit aromas.
Rose Gardens Surrounding the Winery
Further, the estate has two prominent gardens – The Roseraie and the Italian Garden. Visitors can visit these gardens during their visit to the winery. The rose garden is one of the largest rose gardens in Southern France and you can admire over 2.500 varieties of roses. From the splendid terrace, you have a stunning view of the beautiful hills.
Wine Tourism at Abbaya de Fontfroide
The winery is open for wine tours and tastings welcoming families with children, adult groups, and school groups. Take a guided tour that lasts around one hour and 40 minutes. During the tour, visitors can visit the winery with tablets that include an adult and a child audio-course. Be sure to book a space on a tour or organize a party, wedding, a private event, or a photo shoot at the Abbaye de Fontfroide Winery.