From EUR 129.90
France produces some of the world’s best wines. With vineyards covering famous territories from Bordeaux to Burgundy, France’s image as a wine-producer is unequaled. Join us for a VIP guided tour of two distinct wine venues in Paris, with tastings in both locations. Our first visit is to a 200-year-old wine cellar near the Louvre, once used to store the wine reserves of Louis XV, now transformed into a spectacular interactive wine experience Here you’ll explore the grape varieties featured in French wines, talk through the winemaking process, and get tips on tasting techniques. You’ll taste a selection of 3 specially selected wines here, led by an expert sommelier. Then it’s time to head across the city to Montmartre, to one of the best-kept secrets in the city. Enjoy a VIP visit to a beautiful working vineyard closed to the public, taste its wine and learn about the fascinating history of the famous artists quarter.
Our small group of guests will meet up with our friendly local guide in a central location near the Louvre Museum. We’ll begin our wine experience together in the vaulted underground wine cellars where King Louis XV stored the royal wine collection in the 18th century. The legends say that these 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, where you can discover the tradition and craft of winemaking in France. Your expert guide will lead you through the rooms dedicated to learning about the cultivation of the grapes, the winemaking process and the smells, tastes and colors you will recognize as you taste wines. Your visit includes a tasting of 3 wines that have been selected for you by the sommeliers, where you can put into practice what you have just learned on your tour!
Next, it’s time to head above ground, where your guide will lead you on to your next stop; a tiny and beautiful working vineyard nestled in the heart of Montmartre. We will travel here by metro, as a typical Parisian would, heading for the lively and historical artist’s quarter of Montmartre, home to the Clos Montmartre vineyard.
Grapes have been cultivated for wine on the Butte Montmartre for nearly 2000 years, and this 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. At that time Montmartre was outside of the city of Paris, and so not subject to its taxes, making the wine and rents cheap, and so attracting the artists, dance halls and cabarets that the area became so famous for. Enjoy a stroll through the winding streets while your guide regales you with tales of the artists and famous residents who called Montmartre home. 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.
At the end of your tour you are free to spend your evening in Montmartre, perhaps on the artists square at Place du Tertre, or in one of the typical bars or restaurants in the area. 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.
Duration: 3:30 Hours
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Meet us 15 minutes prior to the starting time of the tour in front of the tower of the Church of St Germain l'Auxerrois, opposite the Louvre.
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.