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Some of France’s most important wine regions - Loire Valley, Champagne, and Burgundy - are all within a day’s drive from Paris. Bien sur the culture practically dictates that people drink all sorts of wine in Parisian cafés, restaurants, and bars and purchase them in the city’s wine shops. But it is a little known fact that wine is actually produced within the city limits, in Montmartre. It’s just off the city street, surrounded by buildings, in the same district as such iconic structures as the Basilica de Sacré Coeur and Moulin Rouge. It is so obscure that even the most frequent visitor to Paris would exclaim “incroyable!” upon learning of its existence. 

Le Clos Montmartre is the last of the once multitude of vineyards situated on the hill, which were first planted by the Romans. There was once a temple dedicated to Bacchus standing there. In the 12th century, the Benedictines continued to produce wine at an abbey that was later destroyed during the French Revolution. The vineyards survived, and production continued until the Phylloxera epidemic decimated them in the late 1800s. A group of local artists were able to stop a land development that would have paved over the last vineyard site in the 1920s. In the early 1930s, grapes were planted and Le Clos Montmartre was established. 
 
The wines mostly consist of Gamay and Pinot Noir. They are not widely available, only sold at charity auctions and at the annual Fête des Vendanges (harvest festival). Considering the terroir of the area, exhaust, pollution, and the fact that the slopes face north away from the best sun exposure, the wines are not considered very good quality. Although the bottle’s souvenir value more than makes up for the lack of drinkability. ~Amanda Schuster
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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