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Drinking wine when visiting France is a must-do and the Montmartre Grape Harvest Festival is a cant-miss event.

Wait, you didn’t know the only vineyard in Paris is nested on the hillside of Montmartre? Wait you didn’t know there is a vineyard in Paris? Time to fill in this holes in your knowledge.

Parisians love Fall, the wine tasting time of the year

From Wednesday 8, to Sunday October 12, 2014, climb the hill of Montmartre and discover a festival like no other for anyone to taste and discover wine, from oenophiles to newbies. This year, the festival celebrates the French poets with an history in Montmartre for its 81st edition. We are talking here about Baudelaire, Boris Vian (you can visit his apartment) or Jacques Prévert.

The festival program is tight and the crowds are loyal to the event.

So what do you do there? Walk from stands to stands, as a sommelier trying to find the best catch, and taste wine all along your stroll. Some are good, some are not, some are exquisite. It’s all about letting you guide by the smell, the noise and the music of this lively days on the hill. If you can: visit the vineyards -but the strolls are usually full. Be prepared for a giant parade as well, along with a tasting food trail and wine stalls everywhere.

Traverse vigne Montmartre, Paris©Mairie18

Can the kids come? Kids parades are organised Wednesday and Thursday.

You want to do something odd and funny? On the Sunday, at one of the best places in Paris for a wedding proposal, in front of the Montmartre Love Wall, a famous monument on place des Abbesses, with “I love You” written in hundreds of languages, ask your loved one for a non-wedding. It’s a romantic tradition for all Parisians, and a great souvenir. Last year, 33 couples got non-married (I know it sounds weird but it’s romantic).

The Love Wal, Montmartre, Abbesses, Paris

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