Experience a side of Montmartre that few visitors see – one with wine and defiance coursing through its veins. Montmartre’s secret vineyard is a unique part of the city’s cultural heritage not usually open to the public, but you’ll experience it in person, taste the wines of its urban grapes, and get a first-hand look at a little-known chapter of Paris’ living history.
Established in 1933, the Clos Montmartre is an "outlaw vineyard", defying many of France’s stringent rules of wine-making and production. It grows dozens of grape varieties – from heritage types no longer grown elsewhere to modern hybrids – and produces its wines in the basement of the local city hall. The spirited residents of Montmartre helped save the land where the vineyard now sits, led by well-known caricaturist Francisque Poulbot, now a local folk hero. Vineyard profits go to local charities such as "L'Oeuvre des P'tits Poulbot” continuing Poulbot’s generous spirit.