France > Languedoc > Cave la Fontesole
The Cave la Fontesole has its origins in the ancient Roman-era settlement of Fontes, a village in the Herault on the southern flank of the Cevennes mountain range, on the southwest edge of France’s Massif Central. Founded in the first and second centuries, the village and its surrounds have been famed for its wines for nearly 2,000 years.
The modern cooperative, of some 230 members farming 830 hectares of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre on a melange of terraced volcanic and steep alluvial soils, was founded i 1930. With EU support, modern cellars and facilities were constructed in 2011, and today the Cave produces a range of exceptional wines from the classic varieties of the region.
The Cave is a member of Terra Vitis, and engages in sustainable agriculture with minima use of agrochemicals. Larmes du Volcan, “Tears of the Volcano” refers to the volcanic soils planted with 60% Syrah, 35% Grenache and 5% Mourvedre grown on the volcanic slopes of the Cevennes. Deep and spicy with a great finish, it’s one of the great values in the Languedoc.