Montmartre’s Secret Vineyard

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France is famous for many things, but none more than wine.  I was really hoping to visit one of the famous vineyards in Champagne or Burgundy, but with only 4 days in Paris that wasn’t really an option this time.  I had never even considered that there might be a vineyard within the city of Paris.

Vigne du Clos Montmartre, the only working vineyard within the city of Paris accessible only by private tour via City Discovery.

The Clos Monmartre is the oldest and only currently operating winery in Paris.  Getting there is not easy, however.  The winery is closed to the general public except for special events.  Of course there is a way around this, City Discovery offers a new tour, the Montmartre Walking Tour with Clos Montmartre VIP Visit and Wine Tasting, on Thursdays and Saturdays with VIP access to this exclusive vineyard.

Views of Paris from the Clos Montmartre Vineyard

High a top a hill overlooking the city, the Clos Montmartre offers gorgeous views between the vines.  The views alone are worth the trip, of course the wine is a pretty big draw too.

Vigne du Clos Montmartre, the only working vineyard in the city of Paris

The winery operates for charity and is therefore not subjected to France’s notoriously strict wine laws, meaning they have a little more wiggle room to do things like mix grape varietals and get creative.  This years batch was a delicious rose, that of course we all sampled.  Though there is a red coming soon that might be worth a trip back.

Sampling Rose at the Clos Montmartre vineyard in Paris

While the exclusive winery access is the main focus of the tour, there is also a fascinating walking tour of Montmartre.  The Montmartre area of Paris is famous as the bohemian heart of Paris.  The likes of Picasso and Van Gogh lived (and of course drank) here.  This is a must visit for French art fans.

The bohemian area of Montmartre in Paris is unlike anywhere else in the city.

Montmartre has a completely different feel from the rest of the city and it’s easy to see why the painters and poets were drawn to it.  The hilly winding streets, colorful cafes, and beautiful views make for prime real estate now, but at the time it was just outside of the city and easily affordable for the “starving artist.”

Of course Montmartre is home to a few famous landmarks no one should leave Paris without seeing and this tour makes sure you hit them all.  Our tour group was lead up winding back roads to avoid the crowds as we approached the famous Sacre Coeur Basilica for a fantastic view most tourist never see.

Sacre Coeur in Paris without a tourist in sight!

Not a tourist in sight…

The tour ends with one of the most famous sights in all of Montmartre, the Moulin Rouge!  Of course, this cabaret was made famous by the 2001 movie.  You can still catch a show at the Moulin Rouge, but it will cost you a bit more than in it’s Belle Epoque glory days (about $200 a head to be exact).  With that price tag, I’ll stick to a tour of the outside!

The famous Moulin Rouge cabaret in Paris

I definitely recommend this tour, not only for the VIP vineyard access, but the local guides are fantastic and passionate about their town.  I was able to see all of the “tourist” sights, but through the eyes of a local and while avoiding most of the crowds!  The only critique I have is small, and that is that the website promise’s a souvenir glass that was not given out.  This wasn’t a problem for me since I probably would have smashed it on the way home, but if that’s a deal breaker for you, then it’s something to be aware of.

Examining the vines at Paris' only working vineyard, Clos Montmartre

I was invited on this tour as a guest of City Discovery, however all opinions are my own.





18 thoughts on “Montmartre’s Secret Vineyard

  1. I love wineries especially if they are gorgeous! This looks like fun, i haven’t visited a winery in a while. I wouldn’t want to leave.

  2. I love Montmartre and it is one of my most favorite districts of Paris. Never had a clue about the vineyard though (well that might be the aspect of a good secret 🙂

  3. I love visiting Paris and had no idea there was a vineyard in Montmartre! It sounds like a fantastic experience. Apart from accessing the vineyard, I enjoy getting a local perspective on an area.

  4. Wow I didn’t know that there’s also a winery in Montmartre! Looks awesome! And the area looks interesting too. Would like to visit this when I get to Paris.

  5. I’m just as surprised as everyone else about a vineyard in Montmartre! It sounds like a wonderful and secret place in one of the most beautiful areas of Paris! It is neat that the wine tour doesn’t abide by such strict laws and that they have the freedom to be more experimental with their flavors!

  6. Hey girl, forget Mont Martres, I saw the Moulin Rouge! 😉 I am loving all this international travel you are doing. Did you put your own trip together? It has been fabulous.

    • Mags

      This last trip was all on one bizarre airline itinerary I found on! Chicago-Abu Dhabi- Mahe, Seychelles- Johannesburg- Paris on one ticket! It was an exhausting, but amazing trip.

  7. I had no idea there is a vineyard in the center of Montmartre! What an awesome find! I’ll definitely be visiting on my next trip to Paris!

  8. I had no idea! Will be sure to look out for this hidden gem in Montmartre, I’m sure there are my hidden places all over Paris I have yet to discover, thanks for sharing this one!

  9. This post has me bouncing up and down in my seat – everyone going to Paris should read it! Monmartres is lovely but also so crowded (and home to a few quick-slick scam artists) that it is WONDERFUL to see a different side to the city that takes visitors back to the area’s roots. Also: wine! When is wine ever a bad idea?

    • Mags

      That’s very true. There is certainly a seedy side to Montmartre! You definitely have to be careful and know where to go.

  10. Argh, I wish I’d know about this. Montmartre is definitely one of my fave areas of Paris and I will definitely keep this in mind when I get the chance to travel back there one day!

  11. Montmartre is just gorgeous and I had no idea that it held one of Paris’ oldest vineyards. That is just extremely cool, and is on the list for my next visit!

  12. Wineries are so fun! I had no idea there was one in the middle of Montmartre! Will have to visit next time we are there!

  13. Melody Pittman

    I had no idea there was a winery in Paris either. How cool! I would definitely want to do this tour for the VIP access 🙂

  14. I’ve been to Paris twice and had no idea there was a vineyard there! Looks like I gotta go back a third time! 😉

  15. I have been to Paris many times but never thought to visit a winery. I will definitely check this out for my next visit to the city of lights.

  16. Love the info about the hack to get around public visits to the vineyard. Surely I will get the VIP pass when I visit Paris so that I can go here.

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