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Fun and wine at Montmartre harvest festival

Fun and wine at Montmartre harvest festival

The traditional Grape Harvest Festival in Montmartre takes place from October 8th to 12th and it’s a wonderful opportunity for you to sample fine wines and gourmet treats in a truly spectacular setting.  This year’s event is a great excuse for an autumn trip to Paris, so why not treat yourself to a stay at the Royal Cardinal where you’ll be perfectly placed to take part in all the fun.

The annual Autumn Grape Harvest Festival is one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the year in the beautiful district of Montmartre, residents and visitors take to the streets to eat, drink and be merry at this much loved festival that has a distinctly humorous edge.

The history of Clos de Montmartre

Long before Montmartre became the home of artists, writers and musicians its purpose was very different.  The famous hill was covered in vineyards owned by the church which produced robust cabernets for the local bars, music halls and cabarets.

By the 20th century, urban development had almost wiped out the Montmartre vineyards, much to the dismay of local artist Francisque Poulbot. He assembled a group of like-minded wine lovers and petitioned the French government.  His request was well received and in 1933 the first vines were planted at Clos de Montmartre.

Clos de Montmartre is the only vineyard in Paris today and it produces around 1,700 bottles every year which are auctioned for charity at the Montmartre Harvest Festival.  Go along to support this wonderful project, see the parade and take part in a host of great wine themed events during your break at hotel Royal Cardinal.

Montmartre Grape Harvest Festival: October 8-12, 2014
on the Montmartre Hill, Paris 18e
Limited access - Detailed information on the official site

Subway : Anvers (line 2), Abbesses (line 12)

Copyright : Wikimedia-Fête des vendanges à Monmartre en 1939