Where to Go in Paris

Discover the city through its wine culture

You may think Paris is not the place to visit when it comes to wine production. Think again!

Paris is a city that comes to mind when one wants to appreciate wine rather than grow some. But that is is only half true. Every October in the village of Montmartre, a harvest takes place accompanied by a five-day long festival called La Fête des Vendanges. It is then possible to try and taste the wine from Montmartre.

Surprisingly, while the vineyard occupies only half a hectare, it produces 500 litres of wine, representing a production fluctuating on average between 1,000 and 1,500 bottles. 75% of the production falls in the Gamay family and 20% under Pinot.

The vineyard was created in 1933 by the city of Paris, which owns the parcel. It is not open to the public, but is visible through its outer fences, with the best view from the Renoir Gardens inside the Musee de Montmartre. Here, breathtaking views are offered over the vineyard with Paris’ skyline as a background. And the museum’s shop even sells bottles of Clos de Montmartre…

Facing the Eiffel Tower is the Musee du Vin, located next to the Paris Museum of Modern Art. Covering over 150 cellar year, some 2,000 objects related to wine culture are exposed. Seminars, special events, tasting sessions are organised there but it is also possible to eat in the restaurant located inside the cellars. “Les Echansons” offers a traditional French cuisine made of fresh ingredients with various set menus. Still looking to explore Paris’s wine past? The former Bercy Wine Market along the Seine River reminds one of Europe largest wine sellers’ area. 19th century wine warehouses have been restored, offering a number of shops, restaurants and, naturally, wine bars.

GETTING THERE

  • Montmartre vineyard, metro stations Lamarck-Caulaincourt, Anvers or Pigalle
  • Musée du vin, metro station Iena
  • Bercy Village, metro station Cours Saint-Emilion

Photo: Vines in Montmartre