- Enjoy a guided visit of an 18th century royal wine cellar
- An interactive modern wine experience
- Taste three AOC French wines with an expert sommelier
- Take a fascinating guided stroll through Montmartre
- Exclusive VIP access to the Clos Montmartre vineyard
Our small group of guests will meet up with our convivial local guide in a central location near the Louvre Museum. We’ll begin our wine experience together in the underground wine cellars where King Louis XV stored the royal wine collection in the 18th century. These vaulted galleries may even have been linked to the Louvre Palace by secret passages to make sure wine was always available for the royal table! This historic cellar has now been transformed into a state-of-the-art wine extravaganza, featuring exhibits and explanations about French wine traditions and culture, from the vineyard to the table. Your guide will lead you among the displays, giving you a quick education in the techniques of grape growing, the essentials of the winemaking process, and the sensations to be aware of when tasting quality wines. Then we’ll enjoy a tasting of 3 quality wines selected by the in-house sommelier, so you can exercise your new skills and discuss wine with professionals in a relaxing atmosphere.
Then, we’ll climb back to street level and begin traveling to our second venue. We’ll dive into the Métro to access the bohemian artists’ neighborhood known as Montmartre, featuring the hidden Clos Montmartre vineyard where further delectation awaits us.
Grapes have been cultivated for wine on the Butte Montmartre for nearly 2000 years, and this specific vineyard was first documented in 944 AD, making it the oldest of its kind in Paris. In the 18th century this hill was all about wine, with three quarters of the surface given over to vineyards. Since Montmartre was outside of Paris proper, rents, taxes, and the wine itself was very affordable, thus encouraging the implantation of dance halls and cabarets in the area, and drawing young artists who imbued a free, creative spirit to the neighborhood. Enjoy a stroll through the winding streets while your guide regales you with tales of the famous residents of the hill. Then you’ll be given VIP access to the Clos Montmartre vineyard, which is not open to the general public due to the exclusive nature of the venue and the limited availability of its wine production! You’ll tour the miniature vineyard, which in spite of its tiny size features a wide range of grape varieties, and hear how the wine is bottled in the nearby town hall, the only administrative building in Paris with an alcohol license! Finally, taste this unique wine that is grown, fermented and bottled in the City of Light. We open for you one of the mere 1750 bottles produced each year, the proceeds of which support neighborhood charities.
Following your immersion into French winemaking as experienced in the capital, you’ll be poised to enjoy your evening in the Montmartre district. You could meander around the Place du Tertre central square, or ensconce yourself in a typical restaurant or terrace bar in the neighborhood. You might even end up at a cabaret show! Your guide will be sure to direct and advise you at the end of our tour, to make sure you go on to a memorable Parisian soirée.
- Guided visit of 18th century wine cellars with tasting
- Guided walking tour of Montmartre
- VIP entry and guided tour of the Clos Montmartre vineyard with tasting
- Expert, English-speaking tour guide
- One-way transportation between venues via Métro
- Hotel pick-up/drop-off
- Gratuities (optional)
- Infants (0-3 years): free
Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois, 2 Place du Louvre, 75001 Paris
The Church of St Germain l'Auxerrois is on the Place du Louvre, which sits right behind the rue de l'Amiral de Coligny. It has a very tall tower, your guide will be waiting in front of the tower. If arriving by metro, take line 1 to Louvre Rivoli. When you exit turn around (180°) onto the rue de l'Amiral de Coligny and it is about 50 meters to the church. The Louvre Museum's facade is directly opposite.
- This tour involves a reasonable amount of walking and there are cobblestones in Montmartre
- Comfortable shoes recommended
- The legal drinking age in France is 18 years old. For this reason participants under 18 will not be served wine on the tour.
- Small groups of 15 people or fewer
- Mondays and Fridays
Meeting time at 1.30pm
Departure at 1.45pm
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