Taste wines from a secret vineyard

Vineyards in Paris? Mais oui! It’s not easy to make good wine in a polluted city, but it’s not impossible. Discover this tranquil place in the north of the city. Owned by the mairie of Paris, the Clos Montmartre (External link) is the oldest and last active vineyard in the capital and consists of 1,900 vines of the most classic varieties from France’s wine-producing regions, plus a number of hybrids. Each year’s wine labels are painted by local artists and the money raised goes to charity. Oenologist Francis Gourdin leads guided tours during the vendange (grape harvest), welcoming wine-lovers from all over France. The Clos Montmartre wine is available to buy for around €45 per bottle – something to drink back home when you’re feeling romantic?