- Montmartre hosts a wine harvest at the heart of the city

September 28, 2011 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News
You would perhaps not expect to find a vineyard in the middle of a city. You would expect such a thing to be found occupying a large field in the countryside, but in fact the famous Montmartre district in Northern Paris has its very own little collection of grapevines, and every year they host a parade and a market to celebrate their annual harvest.

Only around 1,000 bottles are produced from the vineyard every year, and these are then auctioned for charity at the marvellous Fête des Vendanges.

Here, visitors can not only sample the wine but also enjoy local food and hospitality as the historic process of wine-making is played out in one of the city's best loved areas.

The festivities include a parade and a late night firework display, and runs from October 5th-9th. has a number of excellent cheap hotels right across the city, with Helvetia just one of many options available.

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