The Montmartre Grape Harvest Festival – back in 2021!
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The Montmartre Grape Harvest Fest 2021 is announced to be happening this year!
After the last La Fête des Vendange de Montmartre had to be cancelled due to Covid-19, it looks good for 2021! From October 6 to October 10, Montmartre will celebrate the harvest season and if you are having a soft spot for wine and delicious French food, you should not miss this event!
Knowing that France is the world-leading wine-producing country, you can expect vineyards to literally be everywhere – not only in the famous regions like Bourgogne, Bordeaux, or the Loire valley. By “everywhere” I mean even in Paris! Today you can find around 10 remaining vineyards all over France’s capital – the most famous being in the heart of Montmartre, right behind the Sacré Coeur.
The Clos Montmartre is the oldest vineyard in Paris and the location is historic. In Roman times, the north was covered with vineyards, up to the slopes of the Montmartre hill. In the early 20th century the land became wasteland and under the control of the City of Paris, the vineyards were recreated in 1933.
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Considering the urban setting between roads and houses, the vineyard is rather productive: Up to 1000 bottles of Clos Montmartre Wine are produced each year! It is hard to get your hands on one of those though. They are auctioned off for high prices and the benefits are going to local charities.
Even though you most likely won’t be able to sample the Montmartre wine, you can still celebrate it! Traditionally, the harvest season ends with a big wine harvest fest in October.
The Parisian wine harvest fest tradition started with the first harvest season in 1934 and becomes more popular by the year! In fact, it’s the 3rd popular festival in Paris by now, after the Nuit Blanche and Paris Plage.
What to expect at the Montmartre Grape Harvest Fest 2021?
The wine harvest festival in Montmartre turns the area around the Sacre Coeur into a big food festival and countless French regions are presenting their specialities. You obviously can sample lots of wine and local spirits, but also regional French food specialities, including cold cuts, cheeses, all sorts of pastries and sweets, local treats like raclette or oysters and surely some Acras and Rum from the French overseas regions!
Montmartre is the artist district of Paris and you won’t be disappointed in this regard. Many local galleries are using the occasion to exhibit their collection, but you are also in for concerts and activities for children.
Due to Covid-19, it is certain that there will be adapted measurements regarding hygiene and capacities in place. However, this information isn’t released yet.
If you have any questions about Paris or need some advice and how to plan your trip, don’t hesitate to reach out! I created a Facebook group for this matter and I am available to help you out! Click here to join the private Salut from Paris Facebook group!