Just one of the hidden pleasures of Paris : The Vineyard in Paris, precisely in the heart of Montmartre.
An authentic secret garden in the heart of the City of Light. Rows and rows of grapes growing on a patch of land at the corner of rue des Saules and rue Saint Vincent – this vineyard is Montmartre’s pride.
It was the Romans who first introduced vines to Paris, the lush green vineyards stretched for miles right up to the slopes of the Butte Montmartre.
The vineyards were re-created in 1933 by the city of Paris on what had become wasteland and they are managed by the Paris Parks Commission.
Each year, one of the city’s biggest events the Fête des Vendanges is held here in October after the grapes are pressed in the basement of the 18th arrondissement’s Town Hall. There are enough grapes for the production of about 1,000 or so bottles. The wine is known as Clos Montmartre and it is auctioned off – it’s expensive but all the proceeds go to charity.
Not big but quite incongruous in their urban setting and an absolute delight to see.