La Vigne de Montmartre is Paris's oldest vineyard. It produces one of the most traditional varieties of wine from France's wine-producing regions.
From Pigalle (known for the cabaret of Le Moulin Rouge) at the foot of the hill of Montmartre, climb to Place du Tertre, where you can find artists sketching your portrait quickly.
You can visit the Sacré-Coeur basilica around the corner. Don't follow the crowd of tourists, and instead, go around the church's west side and try finding the rue des Saules! The Clos Montmartre vineyard is on a steep slope.
Most tourists go through the vineyard of Clos Montmartre without knowing what it is. Every October is La Fête des Vendanges, the annual five-day grape harvest festival. The grapes of Montmartre are picked and taken to the cellar of the city hall of the 18th district, where they are processed, fermented, and bottled. The output of 1,000 to 1,500 bottles will be auctioned. There are two options available: EUR 20 or EUR 40 a glass, which is reasonably generous despite the wine's moderate quality. The money raised, though, goes to charity.
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