La Fête des Vendanges - Montmartre

Organized by Lucas Ruiz
Harking back to a time when the Paris region produced wine in respectable quantities, the annual Vendanges de Montmartre (Montmartre Harvest) is today a mostly symbolic event-- but that doesn't make it any less fun. Initiated in 1934, when the region's importance as a wine-maker had already largely dwindled but the desire to maintain the traditional harvest remained, the Vendanges takes place every year in the heights of the hilly Montmartre neighborhood, where you can still see a small vineyard producing a modest 1,500 bottles of Pinot Noir and Gamay. The tiny plot, located at 14-18 rue des Saules (Metro Lamarck-Caulaincourt), reminds us of the area's once bucolic nature-- the village of Montmartre was formerly covered in vineyards.
It may not be a harvest prized by hardcore wine fans, given that the vintages are nothing extraordinary, but the Vendanges de Montmartre nonetheless provide great opportunities for locals and visitors to take part in a centuries-old tradition of tasting, reveling, sampling local foods and enjoying street music, dancing and other performances. Take some time out on an October trip to Paris for this iconic event.

Vendanges de Montmartre 2013: Main Events and Practical Information

The 2013 edition of the Vendanges de Montmartre takes places from Wednesday, October 9th through Sunday, October 13th. This year, the theme is love and passion, focusing both on the love of food and on other arts, with a big spotlight on public art and music as an expression of love for one's community. A gourmet (and passionate) experience awaits...
Locations: The harvest festival takes place all around the 18th arrondissement, with information available for tourists at the Anvers Tourist Office (Facing 72 Boulevard Rochechouart, Metro Anvers/ +33 (0)8 92 68 30 00 ).
See a complete list and map of event locations for this year's Vendanges here.
Metro: You can get off at Metro stations Jules Joffrin, Lamarck Caulaincourt, Pigalle or Abbesses (Line 12), as well as Blanche and Anvers (line 2).
Fireworks and Music in Montmartre

On Saturday, October 12th at 9:45 pm, free fireworks and music will take over Montmartre for the occasion of the Vendanges. Head to the Sacre Coeur to see the show.
How to Enjoy the Vendanges de Montmartre

As with many other festivals in Paris, I recommend walking around and taking in the scenery and ambiance. Get off at the metro stop of your choice, perhaps visit the Tourist Office for an information book, and amble around the stands, sampling the wine, local delicacies and taking in a few performances.

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Le traditionnel Bain des Vendanges, sur invitation le 12 octobre de 10h30 à 12h00
Le public peut écouter les discours et voir le Ban des Vendanges depuis la rue Saint Vincent et la rue des Saules qui bordent les vignes de Montmartre.

Le Grand Défilé "La Parade des postiers", le 12 octobre de 15h à 18h
Une cinquantaine de postiers jouent aux Hermès des temps modernes, reprennent lettres, citations et messages d’amour signés ou anonymes pour les distribuer au public ! Départ à 15h de la mairie du 18e, arrivée à 17h45 place Saint Pierre, au pied du Sacré-Coeur.
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