Tourisme de Terroir

Coming from the French word terre for “soil,” the word terroir originally described the special characteristics of a region, or piece of land, which gave different varieties of wine, coffee and tea their individuality. (Soil, climate, position, regional traditions….)

Over the centuries, French winemakers developed and took for their own the concept of terroir but the word is still often used to describe rural activities and harvest festivals. 

So If you think the end of the summer season brings a curtain down on outdoor frolics in the P-O, read on! Summer fun is fine, but autumn entertainment is awesome, winter wobbles a little, then comes spring. Fairs and festivals around the region, little and large, celebrating every imaginable ‘produit de terroir’, animal, vegetable and mineral.
Potatoes, olives, wine (bien sûr) chocolate, antiques, roast chestnuts, more wine, (bien sûr) witches, horses, foie gras, apples, encore du vin (bien sûr) ………

They might not all be a pulsing whirl of excitement – some are only small gatherings scantily attended – but it’s a great way to support the local producers, many of whom are struggling in the present economic climate.

Autumn is here and although the days may be shortening, the P-O is still a beautiful, thriving hive of productivity. Below is a list of various terroir events taking place across the region. Check in with local tourist offices for more detailed info and brochure….and if you know of any small fairs and festivals celebrating the land, please CONTACT US.


Saturday 6th – Saturday 20th
Matinées gourmandes (guided visits, tasting and BBQ)

Sunday 7th
Montalba le Château
Fête de la chèvre (goat festival)

Tuesday 9th
Corneilla la Rivière
A la ferme catalane (fig harvesting and jam making)

Wednesday 10th
Ille sur Tet
Tisanes & huiles de massage (herbal tea and massage oil workshop)

Wednesday 10th – Sunday 14th
Banyuls sur Mer
Fête des Vendanges (wine harvest)

Thursday 11th
Saint Cyprien
Les Irréductibles (music and local produce stands)

Sunday 14th
Prats de Mollo
Foire d’automne (autumn festival)

Sunday 14th
Vernet les Bains
Fête de la chataigne (chestnut festival)

Thursday 18th
Vin des primeurs (tasting of the season’s first wines)

Saint Cyprien
Vin nouveau et castanyada (tasting of the season’s first wines and roasted chesnut festival)

Friday 19th
Castanyada (roasted chesnut festival)

Friday 19th
Castanyada & Fête des Bruixas (roasted chesnut & witches festival)

Saturday 20th
Le Perthus
Castanyada (roasted chesnut festival)

Saturday 20th
Saint Génis des Fontaines
Castanyada (roasted chesnut festival)

Saturday 27th – Sunday 28th
Caudiès de Fenouillèdes
Marathon du vignoble (marathon through the vinyards)


Sunday 4th
Latour de France
Vous allez déguster (wine festival)

Sunday 4th
Caudiès de Fenouillèdes
L’Automne du Chardonnay (Chardonnay festival)

More events coming soon

Leave a Comment