La Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre – Autumn Photo Essay

The Clos Montmartre is the oldest and one of the about 10 vineyards in Paris. The harvest season traditionally ends with the big Grape Harvest Festival in October. Since 1934 the area around Sacre Coeur turns into a big food festival for a few days and countless french regions are presenting their specialties, including a lot of wine, obviously. You also find lots of exhibitions, concerts, guided tours and activities for kids at the festival of the Montmartre Vineyard.

It was the first time that we attended the festival and even though it’s apparently the 3rd popular festival in Paris (after Nuit Blanche and Paris Plage), I have to admit that I have never heard of it until very recently. However, I am sure it wasn’t our last time, especially if we’re granted with such nice autumn weather like today.

colourful Macarons at the Grape Harvest Festival in Montmartre, Paris - Montmartre Vineyard

colourful Macarons at the Grape Harvest Festival in Montmartre, Paris

Saucisson ... we ate like 30 :) we also had Raclette, Waffles, Caramel and Wine .. I'd say we had a very decent lunch today at Montmartre :) Montmartre Vineyard

Saucisson … we ate around 30 🙂 we also had Raclette, Waffles, Caramel and Wine .. I’d say we had a very decent lunch today at Montmartre 🙂

it was the most lovely autumn weather for La Fête des Vendange de Montmartre - Montmartre Vineyard

it was the most lovely autumn weather for La Fête des Vendange de Montmartre .. and a glass of wine at noon is lifting the mood for sure

Place du Tertre at Montmarte... the place to go if you want to get a portrait of yourself, your child, your dog...Montmartre Vineyard

Place du Tertre at Montmarte… the place to go if you want to get a portrait of yourself, your child, your dog…

plenty of souvenirs stores are killing it a bit in some streets

plenty of souvenirs stores are killing it a bit in some streets but luckily Montmartre is big enough to explore it a bit off the beaten path

Autumn in Montmartre

When already being in the area, we didn’t want to miss the occasion to have a walk a bit aside from the touristic hotspots. Montmartre is one of my favourite places in Paris but as going there means crossing the entire city, I am not there all too often.

The views are one of the best things in this neighbourhood. Every now and then you will come across an aisle between buildings that opens up a spectacular view over Paris.

view from Montmartre over Paris... you have plenty of stairs and every now and then you get surprised with a view like this

view from Montmartre over Paris… you have plenty of stairs and every now and then you get surprised with a view like this

Montmartre is one of the most visited neighbourhoods in Paris and the narrow, cobbled stoned alleys are easily getting crowded. But just take a street left and right off the main street and you find yourself back almost alone.

if you just walk 5 minutes away from Sacre Coeur, you find yourself in almost empty streets

if you just walk 5 minutes away from Sacre Coeur, you find yourself in almost empty streets

that's the proof; it's really autumn and the weather was really that great :) it was almost summer dress but definitely sandals time today.

that’s the proof; it’s really autumn and the weather was really that great 🙂 it was almost summer dress but definitely sandals time today.

yep those two guys just walked into my photo but I like their faces and smiles.. the guys on the right, now clue who they are haha

yep those two guys just walked into my photo but I like their faces and smiles.. the guys on the right, no clue who they are haha

Some cobble stone in Montmartre. On the weekend it's a pedestrian area, so great to have a walk. Not the most stroller friendly area in Paris though

#posing

one on his phone, the other one being amazed by everything around him <3 one on his phone, the other one being amazed by everything around him <3

a very pointy house at a not less sharp corner. Plus a view over Paris. Montmartre is full of streets like this :)

a very pointy house at a not less sharp corner. Plus a view over Paris. Montmartre is full of streets like this 🙂

a very colourful wall. We collected some leaves to bring to class tomorrow ... #nailingparenthood

a very colourful wall. We collected some leaves to bring to class tomorrow … #nailingparenthood

and finally; the vineyard! The Clos Montmartre, one of about 10 vineyards in Paris and reason for the wonderful Grape Harvest Festival -Montmartre Vineyard

and finally; the Montmartre vineyard! The Clos Montmartre, one of about 10 vineyards in Paris and reason for the wonderful Grape Harvest Festival

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16 Responses

  1. Lydia Smith says:

    Such a nice festival. I like wine festivals because its that time of the year where one can get morally drunk! Besides that, Montmartre in Paris is really beautiful. The autmn is surely the best season😚. I’d love a trip to Montmartre but when there is a wine festival going on

    • fouronaworldtrip@gmail.com says:

      thanks for taking the time to read and comment 🙂 You describe exactly why I loved it 😀

  2. What a great way to relax and spend the day in Montremarte! I think it’d be fun to visit one of the wineries for sure. I had no idea Paris had wineries in the city and that would definitely be unique and fun to do.

    • fouronaworldtrip@gmail.com says:

      it was 🙂 thank you for your comment! Paris has about 10 little vineyards and indeed, it’s not expectable in a city !

  3. Neha Verma says:

    I am going to keep your post bookmarked. Because visiting a vineyard is one of the things high on my bucket list. And I will check with them if I can volunteer there. The pictures are just so stunning.

  4. Jas says:

    This brings back such fond memories of my trip to Paris and seeing the beautiful fall colors in your shots is making me wish I visited during autumn. I’ve never heard of this festival either but I’ll for sure be checking it out the next time I’m back in France!

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