Until the 19th century, the Fronsac wines were among the most popular wines of the region
Our terroir is a beautiful range of vines along the Dordogne and the Isles river, on the west side of Saint-Emilion
Two centuries ago, the wine from Fronsac dominated the wine from Libournes (Saint-Emilion, Pomerol, Castillon). They had a strong reputation and were sold at higher prices than the wines from Saint-Emilion & Pomerol. Nowadays, the Saint-Emilion, Pomerol and Fronsac regions are the biggest gallo roman berceaux of vines from the Bordeaux region.
The first vines planted in Fronsac dated back 2000 years.
After having built a watchtower above La Motte de La Rivière in 769, Charlemagne built a mighty fortress “Campus Francorum” in 770 from which comes the name Fronsac.
In 1663, the duke of Richelieu acquired the lands from the duchy of Fronsac.
Therefore, the fame of the Fronsac wines never stoped rising. At the 18th century the will of improving the quality of the wines started in Fronsac and the growth of the global maritime trade widely participated to establish the Fronsac vineyard among the most noble from the region.
The current Fronsac area is 1120 hectares (Fronsac is 840ha and Canon Fronsac is 280ha) divided in 7 municipalities: Fronsac, Saint-Aignan, La Rivière, Saint-Michel de Fronsac, Saint-Germain-la-Rivière, Saillans and Galgon.
The minimum density is 5000 vines / hectares. The Fronsac appellations counts 153 properties. The average density of the properties from the appellation is 7.92 vines / hectare. The average production is 6 680 000 bottles a year.
Each Chateaux reflects its owner vines & wine passion.