Festival of vines in Montpellier: the vine growers seize the center for two days of celebration


About thirty wineries and estates of the metropolis gather on the Esplanade, these Friday, 22 and Saturday, November 23, on the occasion of the 16th edition of the Feast of the vines.

"We are waiting for this meeting with impatience and with a lot of pleasure", shares Benoît Lacombe, winemaker at the Domaine de Rieucoulon, in Montpellier, in full preparation of the country meal he will organize on Sunday, on his land. With his wife Anne, he participated in the Fete des Vignes, organized by Montpellier Mediterranee Metropole, since the first edition: "The domain is in the family since 1813. We took it back in 2003. Created in 2004, the party was a great opportunity to present our new wines. "

To respect what has become a tradition, the couple will discover a new vintage, the cuvee Parre-Loup, a blend of carignan, grenache and syrah, during this sixteenth edition.

Vignerons solidaires

Like the Lacombe family, thirty-three other estates and wineries meet on the Esplanade Charles-de-Gaulle, on Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23, from 10 am to 8 pm. For 3 €, visitors will receive a wine glass and a coupon entitling them to three tastings of their choice.

Since the creation of the event, the revenue generated by the sale of the tickets has been entirely donated to a charity. Since 2006, and again this year, the funds will be donated to Sidaction.

After two days on the Esplanade, the party continues Sunday in nineteen areas, wineries and farmhouses that have chosen to open their doors.

They open their door

Castelnau-le-Lez : domain of Verchant. Castries : Bannieres and Saint-Jean-de-l'Arbousier domains. Cournonsec : Saint-Julien cross domains; of Earth Mega; terroirs of the Domitian way. Cournonterral : Le Clos d'Elle estate. Fabregues : domains of Mirabeau – Vineyard of Cocagne and Mujolan. Grabels : Maspiquet domain. Juvignac : Fourques castle. Laverune : Engarran castle and Guizard estate. The Cres : Massillan estate. Montferrier-sur-Lez : domain Desvabre. Montpellier : Flaugergues castle and Rieucoulon estate. Murviel-les-Montpellier : field Beautiful stones; the clos d'Isidore; field of Saumarez; Saint-Julia area. Pignan: field of Prose; the vine growers of Pignan. Saint-Drezery: mas of Arcay. Saint-Georges-d'Orques : Domaine Henry and winemakers Knight Georges. Saint-Jean-de-Vedas : Domaine Le Claud and the Forgotten Lands. Sussargues : the cellar of Émilien and Cellars of the valley of the Pines. Vendargues : Areas of Bayet and Wild oats. Villeneuve-les-Maguelone : areas of Maguelone and the Chapter.

Schedules and details of the animations proposed on montpellier3m.fr.

A difficult year because of the drought

The sixteenth edition of the Fete des Vignes opens in a delicate context for the majority of the vine growers of the metropolis. "Because of the heat stroke at the end of June and the drought that followed, we lost 35% of yield," says Benoît Lacombe "It is a very good year in terms of quality, because the grapes were very healthy and very ripe. but a bad year in quantitative terms. "

Still in Montpellier, Pierre de Colbert, winemaker at Flaugergues castle, confirms that the year "was not really festive, with 40% losses.We will have to get used to it." Despite these lower yields , the two winemakers in Montpellier participate in the party in a positive spirit. "It is an opportunity to share our passion, to taste a lifestyle", summarizes Noemie Lefebvre, responsible for the tourist animation of the castle Flaugergues.

Free entertainment and workshops on reservation


On the Esplanade, the musical atmosphere is provided by the Mobil'hommes. An oenoguide is at the service of visitors. A wine bar is available to taste the wines of the metropolis (from 12 noon to 2:30 pm and from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm).


Photo animation with the Tophotruk. Theatrical animation by the company Le Praticable. A free raffle (three draws). The presentation of the check to Sidaction, Saturday 23, at 7 pm


Oenological and taste workshops. Friday, November 22: from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm, vegetarian spread and vegetable pickles. From 4 pm to 5 pm, "The perfect combination: wine, bread, cheese". From 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, "Discovering Languedoc grape varieties". Saturday 23: from 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm, "Sublimate a duck breast with wine". From 4 pm to 5 pm, "The blind tasting". From 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, "The sandstone of Montpellier". On reservation via the site www.montpellier3m.fr/fete-des-vignes.

Please note, special operation Fete des vignes: Sunday, November 24, a 7th bottle is offered for a box of six bottles purchased, in the fields and wineries participating in the operation, on presentation of the tasting coupon purchased on the Esplanade or the metropolis pass card.

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