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 XVs 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 visitorsabout 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 witha tasting of three wines selected for you by the sommeliers.
Next, its 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 artists quarter of Montmartre. Travel here by metro, as a typical Parisian would. On the way, stroll through the most Parisian of parks, the Tuileries Gardens, before heading for lively Montmartreand theClos 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. Its the only town hall in Paris to have a license to make alcohol.
End your tour with a tasting of Clos Montmartre'shard-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.