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.

Summer is in full swing and the P-O is 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.

August

Every Thursday
Saint Cyprien
Les Irréductibles (weekly evening of terroir tasting and music)

Every Friday
Saint Cyprien
Les Amourades (communal sardine grillade with music. 10€)

Wednesday 1st
Perpignan
Soirée des rosés (rosé wine tasting)

Thursday 2nd
Saint André
Soirée gourmandé (music and local produce market)

Tuesday 7th
Saint Thomas les Bains
Apéritif terroir (3€)

Wednesday 8th
Perpignan
Soirée des rosés (rosé wine tasting)

Wednesday 8th
Vernet les Bains
Apéritif terroir (3€)

Thursday 9th
Montesquieu des Albères
Soirée gourmandé (music and local produce market)

Tuesday 14th
Moltig les Bains
Apéritif terroir (3€)

Wednesday 15th
Perpignan
Soirée des rosés (rosé wine tasting)

Wednesday 15th
Villefranche de Conflent
Apéritif terroir (3€)

Thursday 16th
Bages
Soirée gourmandé (music and local produce market)

Friday 17th
Bolquère
Foire au bio et produits naturels (organic and natural market)

Wednesday 22nd
Vernet les Bains
Apéritif terroir (3€)

Thursday 23rd
Laroque des Albères
Soirée gourmandé (music and local produce market)

Friday 24th
Villefranche de Conflent
Apéritif terroir (3€)

Sunday 26th
Prats de Mollo
Fête du champignon (mushroom festival)

Tuesday 28th
Vinça
Apéritif terroir (3€)

Thursday 30th
Sorède
Soirée gourmandé (music and local produce market)

Friday 31st
Torreilles
Apéro jazz (live music and local wine tasting)

September

Sunday 2nd
Corneilla del Vercol
Fête de la figue (fig festival)

Wednesday 5th
Vernet les Bains
Apéritif terroir (3€)

Saturday 15th – Sunday 16th
Banyuls sur Mer
Journées du Patrimoine (guided heritage tours and tasting at the Cave des Templiers)

Saturday 15th – Sunday 16th
Canet en Roussillon
La ferme à Canet (farm animals to pet)

Thursday 27th
Moltig les Bains
Apéritif terroir (3€)

Saturday 29th
Saleilles
Fête des Vendanges (wine harvest)

Sunday 30th
Saint Michel de Llotes
Fête du miel et des abeilles (honey and bee festival)

October

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

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

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

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

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

More events coming soon

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