If you’ve ever has the pleasure of visiting France, you’ll understand that to the locals, wine isn’t just a drink – it’s a way of life. That’s especially true in Montmartre, where the annual Fête des Vendanges celebrates the region’s wine culture and the year’s harvest with five days of festivities, music, food and of course, plenty of good wine!
This year’s Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre takes place from the 10th to the 14th October, during which time the streets will be filled with stalls selling tempting French delicacies and selling wine by the glass, fresh from the local vineyards. Live musical performances and displays of dancing also help to create a party atmosphere, so don’t be afraid to grab a glass of red, white or rosé and join in with the fun.
The highlight of the festival will take place on the Saturday, on which day a colourful parade of masked performers and extravagant floats will delight the crowds, followed by a magnificent fireworks display. Visitor numbers can often top multiple thousands so if you want a good view of the proceedings, be sure to head there early.
An Urban Vineyard
As Montmartre has a unique location just north of Paris, making it one of the few cities in the world with a functional vineyard, the Fête des Vendanges makes a perfect excuse to take cheap flights to Paris with low-cost specialist airlines like Jet2.com. As well as drinking lots of delicious, locally-produced wine, you’ll also be able to experience all of the fantastic sights that Paris has to offer.
October is also a fantastic time to visit Paris as it will not be so busy with tourists, meaning you’ll be able to snap up a table at the city’s most in-demand restaurants, find a seat on a rooftop terrace or just browse the shops in peace.
The city of Paris itself will also be celebrating its annual Autumn Festival during October, perfect for culture vultures with a thirst for opera, dance or theatre so don’t forget to check the schedule before you go – and don’t drink too much wine in Montmartre!
About the Author: Victoria Cawthorne is a travel blogger with a passion for music, theme parks, bikes, sewing, vegetarian food and road trips in camper vans. She has traveled extensively through Europe and North America and even lived abroad too, and has a natural passion for penning her experiences along the way.