Wine in Paris: Historic Cellar Tour with VIP Vineyard Visit and Tastings

Wine in Paris: Historic Cellar Tour with VIP Vineyard Visit and Tastings
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$123.41
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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The reputation of French wines is unparalleled. Rolling vineyards cover the countryside from Burgundy to Bordeaux, producing some of the best wines in the world. Be part of a guided small group tour for visiting an historic 18th century wine cellar, now transformed into a spectacular wine experience. Learn about the grape varieties that grow across the country, the centuries old craft of winemaking and the fine art of wine tasting.

Your visit will include a tasting of three wines that have been carefully selected for you by the in-house sommelier. Then, it’s time to head across the city to Montmartre, to one of the best-kept secrets in the city. Enjoy a VIP visit to a beautiful working vineyard closed to the public, taste its wine and learn about the fascinating history of the famous artists quarter.

Meet your friendly, local guide and small group at a central location in Paris close to the Louvre Museum. The first visit is to the incredible vaulted wine cellars that once housed King Louis XV’s wine collection. Legend has it the cellars were linked to the Louvre by tunnel to allow for easy transportation of the wines for royal banquets. Today, these wine cellars have been completely restored. Your expert guide will lead you through rooms dedicated to educating visitors about the cultivation of grapes, the winemaking process, and the smells, tastes, and colors you will recognize as you taste wines. Put your new knowledge into practice with a tasting of three wines selected for you by the sommeliers.

Next, it’s time to head above ground, where your guide will lead you to your next stop: a tiny and beautiful working vineyard nestled in the heart of the historical artist’s quarter of Montmartre. Travel here by metro, as a typical Parisian would, as we head for lively Montmartre and the Clos Montmartre vineyard.

The presence of vines in Montmartre officially dates back to 944, and many say even to Roman times, making this the oldest vineyard in Paris. In the 18th century, three quarters of the hill of Montmartre was covered with vines. Your guide will lead you on a walking tour around this captivating area, regaling you with stories of the lives of the artists and famous residents who once called Montmartre home. This tour also gives you VIP entry to the Clos Montmartre vineyard, closed to the general public and only opened for a special few. Take a tour of this charming vineyard, and learn how the wine is made in the local town hall. It’s the only town hall in Paris to have a license to make alcohol.

End your tour with a tasting of Clos Montmartre's hard-to-come-by wine. Only 1,750 bottles are made each year, and all proceeds go to support local charities in Montmartre. At the end of your tour you are free to spend your evening in Montmartre, perhaps on the artists' square at Place du Tertre or in one of the typical bars or restaurants in the area. Your guide will be happy to make recommendations to ensure you spend a perfect Parisian evening.

The reputation of French wines is unparalleled. Rolling vineyards cover the countryside from Burgundy to Bordeaux, producing some of the best wines in the world. Be part of a guided small group tour for visiting an historic 18th century wine cellar, now transformed into a spectacular wine experience. Learn about the grape varieties that grow across the country, the centuries old craft of winemaking and the fine art of wine tasting.

Your visit will include a tasting of three wines that have been carefully selected for you by the in-house sommelier. Then, it’s time to head across the city to Montmartre, to one of the best-kept secrets in the city. Enjoy a VIP visit to a beautiful working vineyard closed to the public, taste its wine and learn about the fascinating history of the famous artists quarter.