Grapes at Domaine Leduc-Frouin

ripening grapes in the Loire

ripening grapes in the Loire

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Conques and Marcillac wine

The attractive medieval villlage of Conques (12 Aveyron, Occitanie) is also the base for  Marcillac wine AOP, and a number of wine festivals are held annually:

Each year, during the week-end of Pentecost 7 – 10 June 2019 Marcillac livens up during the Fête de la Saint-Bourrou. The « bourrou » (bud in Occitan) is then celebrated, in particular on Monday with a parade to Notre-Dame de Foncourrieu where a mass is celebrated as protection for the future crops. Then comes the profane festivities starting with the acceptance speeches of the new members of the eschansonnerie, wine tasting and meeting with the wine growers. During all week-end, Fair festivities, dancing balls, concerts and meals are held.

There is also an August Wine Fair (Foire aux Vins) 10 August 2018 in Marcillac (see

and another wine festival in the small village of Bruéjouls (about 25km south) 16-17 August 2014. For more info see

The route to Compostelle logomost beautiful villages logoOne of the major monuments of architectural and cultural heritage that line the route to Santiago de Compostela, Conques abbey-church prides itself on sheltering under its vaults, a unique treasure of Romanesque sculpture and artefacts. Among these are the tympanum of the Last Judgment and figurative capitals, all magnified by Pierre Soulages’ stained glass windows. The gilded or plated reliquaries of the Treasure, embellished with ancient enamels, cameos, intaglios and precious stones are exquisite examples of medieval craftsmanship. The precious treasure, assembled and preserved through the ages, nestles around the monastery within an environment of great beauty that is today recognized in the selective list of The most Beautiful Villages of France (Les plus beaux villages de France).

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