Saint-Germain-des-Prés Walk, Wine Tasting & Lunch in Paris, France

Tasting
Wine, Local Food
Activity
Walking Tour
Included
Meal, Tour guide
Languages
English, French
Theme
Cultural, Historical
Minimum Drinking Age
16
$
110
69
/ Person
Geoffrey F
Activity Overview
Discover the vinous spirit of medieval Paris with this unique walk. After strolling through this beautiful historic neighborhood, and refreshing ourselves with a wine tasting, what could be better than an array of inventive dishes to stimulate the palate?

It would be a stretch to call the ten Gamay vines from Julienas in Beaujolais that are planted in the little park next to the church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés a vineyard, but their presence connects us to the medieval gardens and the fields that once surrounded the church.

This discreetly modest vineyard with its roots in the same soil that gave life to wines in the Middle Ages affords us the opportunity of sensing the spirit of place in one of Paris' oldest and most renowned quarters.

Walk, talk, think, clink, drink, and eat!
 
Practical information
- Start time 10:30am
- Please let us know if you have food allergies or intolerances. This tour generally includes gluten (bread), pork (charcuterie), dairy (raw cheese) and fish (ex. oysters, smoked salmon)
- Not for children (minimum 16 years old)
 
Included
  • Visit of the Square Laurent Prache & Saint-Germain-des-Prés
  • History of the medieval farms and vineyards
  • Background to viticulture and agriculture
  • Varietal tasting of vines planted in the square in a wine shop
  • Innovative small plate lunch in a wine bar
  • Organic & biodynamic wines
  • Very easy (not even a kilometre of walking)
Rates
Per
Price
Pricing Info
Person
$
110
69
Morning vineyard visit, cellar wine tasting & lunch
Timing
Dates
Start Time
Weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday10:30 AM
Duration
4 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.
We have made an effort to find wine shops and wine bars that are close to the vineyards and so walking is limited, though may involve distances of a kilometre or more, all told. We don’t spend much time sitting down, so make sure you’re able to walk and stand for two to three hours.
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.
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Cancellation Policy
Standard
  • Cancellations made 2 days before will be fully refunded.
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
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