3 Vineyard Cycling Tour Around Paris, France

Tasting
Wine, Local Food
Activity
City Tasting, Biking, Tour
Included
Tour guide
Languages
English, French
Theme
Outdoor, Organic, Cultural
Minimum Drinking Age
16
$
108
14
/ Person
Geoffrey F
Activity Overview
Combine the pleasures of visiting three of the most historic neighborhoods of Paris - the Marais, Jardin des Plantes (Latin Quarter), Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the discovery of each quarter’s hidden vineyard, with the joys of cycling.

During the Middle Ages, Paris was covered with vineyards and produced wines that were renowned throughout France. The vineyards on this tour, unknown to most, will take us into the heart of medieval Paris. There is an almost mystical link between the living vines of today and those of the past. As you cycle over this historic ground, the medieval landscape comes to life as you are invited to imagine another time.

From the vineyards of the Hotel Royal St-Pol, through the King’s botanical garden, the Abbey Saint Victor and the Halle aux Vins to the Roman Arena, the Clos Bruneau, the Clos de Laas and the village that was once Saint-Germain-des-Prés, we develop a comprehensive overview of medieval Paris and begin to see the city with different eyes.

We will taste various wines along the way that will connect you with this rich past, bringing into focus the spirit of Paris. Come with us for an exceptional visit and explore another aspect of the role the vine still plays in the urban landscape. Exclusive wine tastings reflecting the flavors of the grapes planted here, accompanied by personally selected hors-d'oeuvres will complete this unique outing.
 
Practical information
Please let us know if you have food allergies or intolerances. This tour generally includes gluten (bread), pork (charcuterie), dairy (raw cheese) and possibly fish (ex. oysters, smoked salmon)
 
Included
  • Bike rental
  • Visit of the secret vineyards of the Marais, Jardin des Plantes & Saint-Germain-des-Prés
  • History of each quarter with landmarks
  • Background to viticulture and agriculture
  • Varietal tastings of three wines in wine shops
  • A selection of organic cheeses, comestibles and real bread
  • Very easy (about 3 kilometres of cycling)
  • 5 hours and includes bicycle rental, 2 different wine tastings plus seasonal foods.
Group-size:
Minimum 5
Rates
Per
Price
Pricing Info
Person
$
108
14
Vineyard visits, cellar tasting and nibbles
Timing
Dates
Start Time
Weekly on Sunday, Saturday10:00 AM
Weekly on Sunday, Saturday2:00 PM
Duration
5 H
Frequently Asked Questions
The tastings include a minimum of two wines and generally three. The wines selected vary from one tour to another as they always correspond to the vines planted in the vineyard we have visited. Though these are wines made in other regions of France, and NOT the wines produced in the vineyards themselves (access to these wines, with the exception of Montmartre, is very limited and production too small to allow for public consumption), they still connect us to the grape varieties we have seen and also allow us to connect to the spirit of wine.
All of the wine bars and wine shops we visit feature organic, biodynamic and ‘natural’ wines as we are committed to living wines with real taste that don't give headaches and also preserve soils, reducing CO2 emissions and allowing water-tables to stay clean. In other words, wines without pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, pesticides, chemical yeasts, chemical additions or fertilizers - wines that are made from grapes and nothing else.
Of course, but there is no reduction offered for not participating in the wine tastings.
This is a decision parents must make, keeping in mind that our tours are explicitly designed for adults and feature adult experiences (wine tasting), and detailed discussion. There are no discounts for children. The legal age for buying alcohol in France is eighteen, and for consumption, sixteen.
Our tours run rain or shine and so we suggest you prepare accordingly. Much of each tour will be outdoors and in the streets, though the wine tastings are of course in the shelter of a wine shop or wine bar. No cancellations due to weather are accepted.
More Info
Cancellation Policy
Standard
  • Cancellations made 2 days before will be fully refunded.
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
2 reviews   0 comments
Overall Experience
(5.0 of 5)
We loved our bicycle tour through Paris. We saw so many sights that we might not have seen otherwise, plus the added bonus of learning the history of winemaking and vineyards in Paris. Geoffrey is extremely knowledgeable about French winemaking and a fun person to be around; we highly recommend this experience!
Overall Experience
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A great tour on bikes which awakened our senses and helped us see Paris differently. Learning about and experiencing the history and gastronomy of the city. From vines to gruesome tales, from ancient architecture to cosy wine cellars, Geoffrey winds his tour around the small streetsof Paris to the delight of those who follow him.I will be back!
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STARTER

The true Italian burrata - basil vinaigrette, pepper, cherry tomato, rocket

Sfoglia fior di latte - mozzarella, dry tomato, pecan nut oil, rocket, ham from Bayonne

Homemade Cake - 2 slices to open your appetite ! 

Gaspacho – tomato, chip of aged cheese, ham from Bayonne, rocket, olive oil, salt, garlic

SALADS and TOAST

Large toast of ricotta di bufala – toasted bread, delicious homemade pesto, cherry tomato, basil vinaigrette, rocket

Large toast of mozzarella di bufala – ham from Bayonne, guacamole

Salad of the French south-west – rocket, ossau-iraty, fresh goat, soft fig, cream of balsamic

Italian salad – fresh Italian pasta, farmer cheese of sheep, mozzarella di battipaglia, cucumber, radish, cherry tomato, rocket, balsamic basilic

BOARDS

3 chesses – see the selection of the day

5 cheeses - Tête de moine, Saint Nectaire fermier, Beaufort, Chèvre fermier, Brillat-Savarin

7 chesses - Moliterno à la truffe, Tête de moine, Vieux comté, Reblochon fermier, Chèvre fermier, Brie de Meaux/Melun, Epoisses

Lift » board – 5 cheeses from a mild cheese to fire !

Tour of France – Great overview of the cheeses from our beautiful cheesy regions – 10 cheeses

Charcuterie – Dry sausage, Ham of Bayonne, Coppa, Pancetta

Mixt Board – 3 cheeses, 3 charcuteries

A la carte » board! – Choose your cheeses with the cheese expert, and enjoy on site ! – Price depends on your selection

HOT CHEESE!

Fondue savoyarde – Beaufort d’été, Abondance fermière, Emmental IGP de Savoie, served with charcuterie

Raclette – Typically French ! You will be brought a small machine to melt the cheese, and put it on your potato and charcuterie you will have in your plate

More cheese or charcuterie - +/- 100gr

CHEESE PAIRINGS

Cheese and wine: our speciality! - 4 cheeses and 4 wines

Cheese and beer: a story of fermentation – 1 beer + a selection of cheeses

Cheese and tea: when the opposite meet ! - 1 delicious tea + a selection of cheeses

Cheese and juice, surprising pairings! - 1 fruit juice + a selection of cheeses

Cheese and … coffee, the clash of the titans! - 2 cheeses, 2 coffees

GRILLED CHEESES
Made with fresh toasted bread, and served with a green salad and a hot potatoe!

From’ d’Ambert– Blue cheese: fourme d’Ambert fermière, fig jam, ham of Bayonne 12 months aged

From’Comté – comté AOP, ham, muschrooms, tomato pesto

From’Blochon – farmer reblochon, potato, Ham of Bayonne

From’Mozza (Vegetarian) – mozzarella di bufala, tomato, pesto

From’Chèvre – farmer goat cheese, drye tomato, pesto

DESSERTS

Farmer yogurt from Savoie

Fromage blanc with homemade dulce de leche

Homemade Fontainebleau: old recipe we want you to rediscover, served with red fruit coulis

Homemade cheesecake - Vanilla, spéculoos

Homemade Tiramisu

The Parisian coffee: coffee/tea served with 3 small desserts - Fontainebleau, Cheesecake, Chocolat

Digestive - Génépi, Prune, Poire Williams, Chartreuse

TO DRINK

Homemade lemonade

Farmer organic apple juice

Mineral water 1L

Sparkling water 1L

Soda

Botte of beer 33Cl

Expresso

Longo

Dobble

Cafe Latte

Tea

Hot chocolate
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/ Person
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