FOOD & WINE

Cel­e­brate one of France’s finest ex­ports with a trip to one of these tra­di­tional fête des ven­dan­ges. Santé!

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Wine fes­ti­vals to visit, plus a Paris café and a restau­rant re­viewed.

Les Mus­cadé­tours

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

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