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All you need to know about the Fêtes des vendanges

What is the grape harvest festival?

Historically, the grape harvest festivals are organized at the end of the harvest ban. Lifting the ban on grape harvesting means that, by prefectoral decree, the ban on harvesting the grapes is lifted: the winegrowers and pickers are allowed to pick the bunches. By custom, the harvest festival becomes the celebration of the end of the annual harvest. On deferred dates, winegrowers and grape-pickers celebrate the harvest around a glass, perpetuating local traditions. This will be the ideal time to visit vineyards and taste local products.

A few celebrations of the successful harvest

Harvest festival in Alsace

In Barr, the capital of the Bas-Rhin, the grape harvest festival is a real institution. The events follow one another throughout the weekend: parade in traditional costume, flea markets by local craftsmen, tastings of the region's Grands Crus ... In a festive atmosphere, the several thousand people present, locals and wine tourists, celebrate the end of the grape harvest period. In Barr, it is folkore and quality wine for a guaranteed immersion!

We celebrate the vine too... in Paris !

It might sound crazy but yes... in Paris, we celebrate the end of the harvest ! Every year, the Butte Montmartre welcomes nearly 500,000 people, inhabitants of the 18th arrondissement, Parisians, Ile-de-France residents and wine tourists from all over the world. With nearly 120 activities on offer throughout the day, passers-by will celebrate the Parisian vineyards in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The flagship event of the weekend: the parade of the brotherhoods including that of the Republic of Montmartre. Wine tourism in Paris, we validate!

Celebrate the vine in the Bordeaux region

Since 1909, Bordeaux has been celebrating the end of the harvest by organizing several artistic events in the city and the vineyards. During September, the famous cavalcade, with its floats representing the different wine-growing regions, parades through the streets of Bordeaux. The event brings together winegrowers, grape-pickers, young and old in a festive and family atmosphere. In honour of the end of the harvest and the work accomplished, a play called Bacchus Triumphant is created in the 20th century. Every year, more than 600 choirs and 200 actors take part in this great performance, to the great pleasure of the people of Bordeaux and wine tourists passing through.

Lucas Chartier

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