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Wine Harvest in Paris – Montmartre’s Fête des Vendanges

by Tory Hoen
nose in winePhoto: Painting in Paris

We all know that France produces its fair share of wine, but did you know that Montmartre has its own wine-producing tradition? In addition to being the home of Paris’ only functioning vineyard, it is also home to the Fête des Vendanges, an annual wine festival that celebrates local products and culture. This year’s festival kicked off on Wednesday and runs through Sunday the 11th, featuring musical and theatrical performances,  fireworks, and plenty of wines and foods from France and neighboring countries.

This year’s festival is dedicated to famed music producer Jacques Canetti and his petit théatre des Trois Baudets, a music hall which he founded in 1947. Some of France’s greatest musical and theatrical performers graced the stage of the Trois Baudets, and this year’s festival plays hommage to the artistic traditions that are so central to Paris’ legacy as a cultural epicenter.

Vineyard MontmartreMontmartre Vineyards – billparis.wordpress.com

The festival takes place at venues all over Montmartre, but much of the action can be found at the Place des Abbesses (Metro Abbesses) in the 18th. It is here that the Bal des non-mariés (the Ball of the Unmarried) will get going around 12:30pm on Sunday. Around 21h30 on Saturday, gather near the Square Louise Michel to view a spectacular fireworks display (with Sacré-Coeur as a backdrop). The festival concludes on Sunday at 16h30 with a concert in honor of Jacques Canetti at the Trianon Theatre. (Tickets available for 18 Euro here).

For more information and the full program, visit the festival’s site here.

Written by Tory Hoen for the HiP Paris Blog. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven in Paris.

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Tory Hoen

After attending Brown University and spending two years in New York, Tory bought a one-way ticket to Paris to pursue her dream of becoming a writer (and of drinking wine at lunch). During her time in the City of Light, she chronicled the euphoric highs and the laughable lows of ex-pat life on her blog, A Moveable Beast. Though she's now based in New York, she travels frequently to Montreal and Brazil, and she'll use just about any excuse to jet to Paris ("I ran out of fleur de sel"). A regular contributor to Hip Paris, Tory also writes for New York Magazine, Time Out New York, and she is a co-author of Gradspot.com's Guide To Life After College. View Tory Hoen's Website

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