Clos Montmartre in Paris
This prized vineyard was planted back in 1933 and covers 1,556 meters on the north-facing side of the hill of Montmartre. There are 27 varieties of wine in evidence, though the vast majority are Gamay, around 75%, with Pinot the second largest quotient at 20%, followed by a percentage point here and there of Sauvignon, Riesling, and others. The annual harvest, which is celebrated with a neighborhood-wide festival in October, is around 1,000 kilograms, which equates to about 1,200 bottles. The Clos Montmartre can be admired from the roadside or visited by appointment.
Clos du Pas Saint-Maurice in Suresnes
The largest vineyard in the Parisian region, and the oldest outside of the city, the Clos du Pas Saint-Maurice produces 5,500 bottles every year on about one hectare of land to the west of Paris. The vineyard specializes in white wine, which is produced with a tasty mixture of Chardonnay and Sémillon. You can purchase a bottle (or a case, or more) at the tourism office in the town center of Suresnes or directly from the vineyard every Monday from 2:00pm t0 7:00pm. As well as a nice glass of vino, the suburb also offers great views of the skyscrapers at La Défense and across the Bois de Boulogne to Paris.
Vignes des Grottes au Pecq-Saint-Germain
Though only planted in 1999, this vineyard already produces 1,500 bottles of Pinot Noir every year. The locals claim that it is the prettiest vineyard in Île-de-France and even though they, of course, would say this, it is an exceptionally lovely spot for a stroll. The harvest celebrations are held in September, and children from le Pecq and Saint-Germain-en-Laye are drafted in to do a bit of grape-picking. An example of ingenious French parenting: having the kids do the hard work that puts wine on the dinner table. Unfortunately, the festival is your only opportunity to taste the wine as this isn’t yet a commercial operation.
Vigne de la Féronne Haute in Rosny-sous-Bois
The Vigne de la Féronne Haute occupies a 2,000-square-meter patch of the Parc Jean de Césari opposite the town hall in Rosny-sous-Bois. Planted in 2000, it is comprised of 1,300 individual vines, all of which are Chardonnay and Sauvignon. The first harvest in 2003 produced 115 liters, but this has gone up tenfold in the past decade. Now, around 400 bottles of white wine are produced annually. If you’d like to try some for yourself, contact the local wine guild.
Vigne de Sannois
The Vigne de Sannois has made rapid strides in their wine production. In just over a decade, they have gone from an empty 3,000-square-meter patch of land (albeit one that was historically cultivated for wine) to a thriving vineyard producing 4,000 bottles of white wine (a 3-to-1 mixture of Chardonnay and Pinot Gris) every year. The wines are sold by a telethon, which is just too quaint, but can also be enjoyed at one of the numerous wine tasting events organized by the town hall, one of the prime reasons for the project’s popularity among the local community.
Coteaux de l’Europe in Joinville-le-Pont
Located on the far side of the Bois de Vincennes, in the middle of an estate, with the RER A whizzing by every five minutes, is the Coteaux de l’Europe vineyard. It produces 500 bottles of white wine every year under the name Le Guiguet and it can be acquired by contacting the local wine guild directly.
Vigne de Paris-Bagatelle
Not that we’re saving the best to last, but a visit to the Vigne de Paris-Bagatelle is an exceptional experience. This is Paris’ only privately owned vineyard, and it is set within the garden of a mansion house in the Bois de Boulogne. Guests can tour the half-hectare plot, which counts 400 vines, and the wine cellar, learn all about the production processes and, of course, taste the delightful beverage with the guidance of the local wine makers themselves.