FOOD & WINE
Celebrate one of France’s finest exports with a trip to one of these traditional fête des vendanges. Santé!
Wine festivals to visit, plus a Paris café and a restaurant reviewed.
Nantes, Loire-atlantique, 5-7 October ‘Family-friendly’ and ‘wine festival’ may be an unlikely duo, but Les Muscadétours aims to change that. A programme of wine-tasting and family vineyard visits is peppered with boat trips, quizzes and cooking classes to satisfy all ages. With events taking place across Nantes, it’s also the perfect opportunity to explore the local countryside. lesmuscadetours.com
Fête des Vendanges Barr
Barr, Bas-rhin, 5-7 October This flower-adorned village is regarded as the wine capital of Alsace, having hosted a wine fair for over 100 years. A highlight of the festivities is the cortège fleuri, a colourful parade with floral floats to celebrate the harvest. Each day a different selection of wines is available for tasting, complemented by traditional Alsatian fare. barr.fr/loisirs/fete-des-vendanges
Fête des Vendanges Banyuls-sur-mer
Banyuls-sur-mer, 10-14 October The ultimate seaside wine festival takes place in this unassuming port, welcoming around 7,000 visitors a year. A relatively new addition to the wine festival calendar, dating back to 1996, it was set up by local wine enthusiasts who wanted to pass on the viticulture tradition to a new generation of enthusiasts. Wine tasting sessions are accompanied by a local produce market with an unsurprising emphasis on seafood. banyuls-sur-mer.com/fr/decouvrir/ oenotourisme/fete-des-vendanges
Fête des Vins Chablis
Chablis, Yonne, 27-28 October Every fourth weekend in October, thousands of wine connoisseurs and some 40 local producers gather in the ‘Golden Gate of Burgundy’ to raise a glass to the town’s rich wine heritage. Since 1949 visitors have been able to enjoy plentiful tasting opportunities, vineyard wanders, delicious food stands and, most importantly, the baptism of the new vintage. chablis.fr
ABOVE: Banyuls-sur-mer has been home to a huge annual wine festival since 1996
ABOVE: Les Muscadétours vineyards, Nantes