The history of the Clos Montmartre
The Clos Montmartre wine is singular in many ways.
It all began in 1933 when a handful of men of good will and active in local associations decided to set up this unique project.
The idea came first from a desire to save the land from increasing urbanisation. The town hall then lent its support. The vineyard was allowed to be built on the corner of Rue des Saules and Rue Saint Vincent.
Later, the success of this project was due to the mayor of the Free Commune, the founders of the Republic of Montmartre and the President of the History and Archaeology Society " Le Vieux Montmartre ".
Numerous communes have also mobilised to offer the Clos Montmartre its 3250 original vines.
Following the creation of this clos, the famous Fête des Vendanges appeared only one year later, in 1934 . The vines were not yet producing grapes!
Indeed, the first bunches of grapes did not arrive until the third year of planting.
It is once again thanks to the generosity of the winegrowers, and in particular of the Beaujolais, that the festival could be celebrated thanks to the donations of grapes.
A symbol of an ancestral wine-growing tradition, dating back to Gallo-Roman times, the Clos belongs to the city of Paris, and more specifically to the City Hall of the 18th arrondissement. The agents of the Parks, Gardens and Green Spaces of the City of Paris maintain it throughout the year.
The Clos Montmartre vintages
Today, the Clos has 1556 m2 of land with 1762 Gamay and Pinot Noir vines, allowing for the production of two wines, one red and one rosé, called the Clos Montmartre.
The vintages are vinified in the cellars of the Town Hall under oenological control. The profits from the sale of Clos Montmartre wines are then donated to the social services of the 18th arrondissement .
For information, 1003 bottles were produced and numbered in 2009.
Where to find the wines?
Each year the Clos Montmartre provides about 500 litres carefully made according to traditional methods. They are sold every year, on the second weekend of October, during the Montmartre Grape Harvest Festival, on the Comité des Fêtes website and in certain restaurants on the Butte Montmartre.
You can also visit the vineyards and the winemaking site by contacting the Comité des Fêtes et d'Action Sociale de Montmartre.
The Clos Montmartre and the Astelle Montmirail
At the Astelle Montmirail,
we are fond of history and objects with a story to tell.
This is why we contacted the Clos Montmartre to propose the creation of knives with handles made from the barrel staves used in the production of the Clos' wine.
Following this request, Eric Sureau, President of the Comité des Fêtes et d'Actions Sociales de Montmartre of the 18th arrondissement of Paris, gave us a copy of the famous barrels, in perfect condition.
Thanks to this, the first examples of knives could be made, while keeping the ancestral know-how supported by Pascal Turpin and 100% handmade in our workshop in Montmirail 🇫🇷 .
Le Montmirail table knives and folding knives are now available for sale at the Atelier des Créateurs shop, 1Bis rue Ravignan, 75018 Paris, open Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 7.30pm.
You can also find them in our shop at 26 rue du Docteur Castaing, 72320 Montmirail.
All models will be limited to 100 pieces each and numbered.
The Astelle Montmirail team,