Visit the Jardin des Plantes Vineyard, Wine Tasting & Aperitif in Paris, France

Tasting
Wine, Local Food
Activity
Walking Tour
Included
Tour guide
Languages
English, French
Theme
City, Cultural, Historical
Minimum Drinking Age
16
$
99
38
/ Person
Geoffrey F
Response rate: 
100%
Response time:
37 minutes
Activity Overview
This less visited side of the Latin Quarter was once covered in vines and host to Paris’ left bank wine depots. Join us for an in-depth discovery of its secrets, around glasses of living wines and savory seasonal dishes.

The Jardin des Plantes is often missed by visitors to Paris, and yet this side of the Latin Quarter offers some of Paris' greatest treasures. Left Bank history comes alive in this unique wine walk. One of Europe's oldest parks, the National Botanical Gardens of France was created in the 17th century on land that was used for mass graves during the plague. In 1635 it became the King's vegetable garden, which led to it becoming the focus of botanical research and the home to naturalists from around Europe.

The vineyard planted with Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Gamay, does not produce wine but provides a link with the earliest studies in ampelography as well as a scientific laboratory of viticultural study.

Join us for an in-depth discussion of viticulture and the quarter's vineyard history followed by natural wine tasting with small shared plates.

Vineyards in early Paris - Jardin des Plantes
Paris grew up along the banks of the Seine and what is now the 5th was the epicenter of Roman Paris. The baths of Cluny and the Roman Arena off the rue Monge are among the vestiges of this period. In the Middle Ages, vineyards attached to the Abbeys of Notre Dame de Paris and Saint Germain des Prés flourished all along the left bank. The Montagne Saint Geneviève, upon which now sits the Pantheon, formed a large vineyard divided into ‘clos’ or enclosures, with streets still bearing their names (Clos Bruneau, Clos Garlande...)

The National Botanical Gardens
Transmitting a tradition... In the Jardin des Plantes, which has been open to the public for almost 400 years, the tremendous plant diversity in shapes, colors, and perfumes is the support for knowledge dissemination and preservation. The park welcomes you to a unique haven of beauty in France.

From generation to generation
When you tread the soil of the Jardin des Plantes, spare a thought for those before you... Though scientists and gardeners have shaped the garden, kings, queens, damsels, dandies, great ladies and turbulent children have admired the proud and protected nature of the only botanical garden in the capital, which is also classed as a historical monument. But one visit is not enough to discover all the secrets of a place that could become your favorite walk.

A research vineyard
There are 250 vines in the Ecological Garden of the Jardin des Plantes (planted in 2003), representing the 3 main grape varieties, Gamay, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir most commonly planted in the Ile de France. There are also a few French / American hybrid vines of Baco (a cross between Folle Blanche and Noah designed to resist phylloxera planted widely in Gascony for brandy production - Armagnac and Cognac) as well as Noah, derived from a Vitis Labrusca or Fox Grape. A moderately cold resistant varietal, Noah is used in wine production most notably for Uhudler (an Austrian wine) and Fragolino (a sparkling red Italian wine).

Philippe Barré, the gardener responsible for the vineyard, reminds us that the plateau of the Ile de France (the Paris region) was among the most viticulturally active areas of France. The objective here is not to produce wine, but to study the symbiotic relationships between the vines and the biodiversity around. For this reason, all ‘foreign’ plants are allowed to grow among the vines and the soil is worked superficially by mowing the diversity of plants growing between the rows. Insects are encouraged as they play determining roles in the health of the vines while others serve to control those that cause harm.

There are also a few wild vines that have been allowed to climb into the neighboring trees, which have now reached a length of several meters, reminding us that grape vines are creepers and when allowed to grow unchecked, will grow to amazing lengths.



 
Practical information
- Start time 4pm
- 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 to the Jardin des Plantes vineyard
  • History of the Botanical gardens
  • Background to viticulture and agriculture
  • Varietal tasting of vines planted in the JdP in a wine shop
  • Tour includes aperitif in a wine bar
  • Possible bread tasting
  • Organic & biodynamic wines
  • Physically easy (a couple of kilometres of walking)
Group-size:
Max. 8 Persons
Rates
Per
Price
Pricing Info
Person
$
99
38
Visit, cellar tasting & aperitif
Timing
Dates
Start Time
Weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday4:00 PM
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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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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