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.

August

Every Monday
Montalba le Château
Marché des producteurs (producers’ market)

Thursday 1st
Rasiguères
Les Passéjades de Rasiguères (guided walk through the vines and tasting)

Thursday 1st
Saint André
Soirée gourmande (evening local producers market with music and entertainment)

Thursday 1st
Vinça
Les Picas Picas (wine tasting & tapas)

Friday 2nd
Formiguères
Fête de la pomme de terre nouvelle (new potato festival)

Friday 2nd
Lafage, Perignan
Soirée musicale (live music, with dinner and wine tasting
)

Friday 2nd
Saint Cyprien
Amourades (grilled sardines, music etc.)

Saturday 3rd
Cases de Pène
Fête de Joaumet, le raisin primeur (grape festival)

Saturday 3rd
Maureillas las Illas
Fête de la bière (beer festival)

Saturday 3rd
Lafage, Perignan
Atelier d’initiation à la dégustation (beginners wine tasting workshop
)

Saturday 3rd
Vinça
L’Esmourza (Catalan word for the break the wine producers used to take during the long hot days, enjoy wine tasting and Catalan charcuterie)

Sunday 4th
Argelès sur Mer
Saveurs de terroir

Sunday 4th
Musée Hyacinthe Rigaud, Perpignan
Maillol à voir et à boire (guided visit of the museum’s collection of Maillol works with wine tasting)

Monday 5th
Canet en Roussillon
Apér’au Village (local artisans, businesses and terroir producers come together for an evening of music, entertainment and tasting)

Tuesday 6th
Vinça
Pages, vignes et cépages (literary walk through vineyards with spoken work performances and wine tasting)

Wednesday 7th
Baixas
Soirée rozy (guided visit of cave followed by tapas and wine tasting)

Wednesday 7th
Vernet les Bains
Apéritif terroir (local produce tasting)

Thursday 8th
Laroque des Albères
Soirée gourmande (evening local producers market with music and entertainment)

Thursday 8th
Sainte Marie la Mer
Apéritif terroir (local produce tasting)

Thursday 8th
Vinça
Soirée karaoke (karaoke and wine tasting)

Friday 9th
Saint Cyprien
Amourades (grilled sardines, music etc.)

Friday 9th
Vinça
Atelier vignernon (become a wine producer for a day and make your own vintage)

Saturday 10th
Belesta
Passéjada (evening local produce market with free entry to local heritage sites, free tastings)

Sunday 11th
Argelès sur Mer
Saveurs de terroir

Sunday 11th
Torreilles
Estiu Musical (music and local wine tasting)

Tuesday 13th
Elne
Marché du pays (farmers’ market)

Tuesday 13th
Le Barcarès
Sardinade (sardine festival)

Tuesday 13th
Canet en Roussillon

Jazz & Wine

Wednesday 14th
Moltig les Bains
Apéritif terroir (local produce tasting)

Thursday 15th
Bages
Soirée gourmande (evening local producers market with music and entertainment)

Thursday 15th
Boulternère
Fête de la pêche (peach festival)

Friday 16th
Lafage, Perignan
Atelier d’initiation à la dégustation (beginners wine tasting workshop
)

Friday 16th
Saint Cyprien
Amourades (grilled sardines, music etc.)

Saturday 17th – Sunday 18th
Le Barcarès
Food and Wine Festival (speaks for itself really)

Sunday 18th
Argelès sur Mer
Saveurs de terroir

Sunday 18th
Musée Hyacinthe Rigaud, Perpignan
Maillol à voir et à boire (guided visit of the museum’s collection of Maillol works with wine tasting)

Wednesday 21st
Le Boulou
Balade gourmande (guided walk with tasting)

Wednesday 21st
Vernet les Bains
Apéritif terroir (local produce tasting)

Thursday 22nd
Rasiguères
Les Passéjades de Rasiguères (guided walk through the vines and tasting)

Thursday 22th
Saint Génis des Fontaines
Soirée gourmande (evening local producers market with music and entertainment)

Friday 23rd
Corbère
Passéjada (evening local produce market with free entry to local heritage sites, free tastings)

Friday 23rd
Laroque des Albères
Fête de la bière (beer festival)

Friday 23rd
Saint Cyprien
Amourades (grilled sardines, music etc.)

Friday 23rd
Vinça
Atelier vendanges (learn the art of grape picking and follow the fruit through to the final product)

Satruday 24th
Pia
Les vendanges de mi-nuit(nocturnal picking of the Chardonnay grape with meal and tasting)

Sunday 25th
Argelès sur Mer
Saveurs de terroir

Sunday 25th
Prats de Mollo
Fête des champignons (mushroom festival)

Wednesday 28th
Les Bains de Saint Thomas

Marché terroir (local producers’ market with free tastings)

Thursday 29th
Sorède
Soirée gourmande (evening local producers market with music and entertainment)

Thursday 29th
Vinça
Les Picas Picas (wine tasting & tapas)

Friday 30th
Torreilles
Apéro’Jazz (live music & local produce tasting)

Friday 30th
Saint Cyprien
Amourades (grilled sardines, music etc.)

Friday 30th – Saturday 31st
Le Barcarès

Bodega del mar

September

Sunday 1st
Argelès sur Mer
Saveurs de terroir

Sunday 1st
Vinça
Fête de la bole de picolat (Catalan meatballs festival)

Wednesday 4th
Vernet les Bains
Apéritif de terroir (local produce tasting)

Sunday 8th
Argelès sur Mer
Saveurs de terroir

Sunday 15th
Argelès sur Mer
Saveurs de terroir

Saturday 21st – Sunday 22nd
Villeneuve de la Raho
Fête du lac (festival of the lake)

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