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.

 

Check in with local tourist offices for more detailed info… and if you know of any small fairs and festivals celebrating the land, please CONTACT US.

December

Sunday 1st
Thuir
Foire au gras et aux volailles caviste (foie gras & poultry festival)

Tuesday 3rd
Vinça
Atelier dégustation (wine tasting workshop)

Thursday 5th
Salses le Château
Soirée Noël Arnaud de Villeneuve (wine tasting & apero)

Saturday 7th
Domaine Lafage, Perpignan
Atelier d’initiation à la dégustion (wine tasting workshop)

Saturday 7th
Place Gambetta, Perpignan
Muscat de Noël (tastings)

Sunday 8th
Castelnou
Marché de Noël (Christmas market)

Saturday 14th
Place Gambetta, Perpignan
Muscat de Noël (tastings)

Sunday 15th
Céret
Foire au gras et aux volailles caviste (foie gras & poultry festival)

Saturday 21st
Place Gambetta, Perpignan
Muscat de Noël (tastings)

Saturday 21st
Perpignan
Perpignan de Gastronomie (guided tour of Perpignan recounting the history of local food and wine)

Monday 23rd
Vinça
Atelier senteur (wine smelling workshop)

Tuesday 24th
Rivesaltes
Noël solidaire (charity Christmas dinner for those in need)

Thursday 26th
Vinça
Atelier caviste (create your own wine workshop)

Saturday 28th
Céret
Marché aux truffes (truffles market)

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