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.

October

Thursday 3rd
Rasiguères
Les Passéjades (guided walk with BBQ and wine tasting)

Saturday 5th
Domaine Lafage, Perpignan
Atelier d’initiation à la dégustion (wine tasting workshop)

Saturday 5th – Sunday 6th
Rivesaltes
Les vendanges littéraires (wine & books)

Sunday 6th
Amélie les Bains
Fête de la bière (beer festival)

Sunday 6th
Montalba
Fête de la chevre (festival of the goat)

Sunday 6th
Tautavel
Journée vinoculture (guided visit & terroir meal with wine tasting)

Wednesday 9th – Sunday 13th
Banyuls sur Mer
Fête des vendanges

Saturday 12th
Rodes
Pages, vignes et cépages (wine, vines and poetry)

Saturday 12th – Sunday 13th
Amélie les Bains
Fête de l’automns (autumn festival)

Saturday 12th – Sunday 13th
Matemale
Fête de la patate (potato festival)

Sunday 13th
Castelnou
Marché du goût fermier (farmers’ market)

Sunday 13th
Maureillas las Illas
Foire d’automne (autumn festival)

Sunday 13th
Vernet les Bains
Fête de la châtaigne (chestnut festival)

Thursday 17th
Amélie les Bains
Castanyada & vin nouveau (chestnuts & the season’s first wine production)

Thursday 17th
Saint Cyprien
Castanyada & vin nouveau (chestnuts & the season’s first wine production)

Thursday 17th – Friday 18th
Rivesaltes
Fête des primeurs (tasting of 2019’s first wines)

Friday 18th
Vinça
Castanyada

Saturday 19th
Baixas
Randonnée de vignes en caves

Saturday 19th
Prades
Castanyada & vin nouveau (chestnuts & the season’s first wine production)

Saturday 19th
St Génis des Fontaines
Castanyada & vin nouveau (chestnuts & the season’s first wine production)

Saturday 19th
Ur
Foire International du Cheval (international horse salon)

Sunday 20th
Reynès
Castanyada & vin nouveau (chestnuts & the season’s first wine production)

Sunday 20th
Rivesaltes
Dégustat’hlon (wine tasting marathon!!)

Thursday 24th
Rasiguères
Les Passéjades (guided walk with BBQ and wine tasting)

Thursday 24th
Rivesaltes
Fête des rancios (celebration of the rare Rancios grape)

Friday 25th
Rodes
Pages, vignes et cépages (wine, vines and poetry)

Saturday 26th
Céret
Grand foire annual (annual village fayre)

Sunday 27th
Maury
Marathlon vertical (wine tasting marathon!!)

Sunday 27th
Banyuls sur Mer
Castanyada & vin nouveau (chestnuts & the season’s first wine production)

Monday 28th
Perpignan
Rencontre européens (over 60 Rancios wine producers from 6 different countries)

Monday 28th
Vinça
Atelier caviste (create your own wine workshop)

November

Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd
Tautavel
Aux origines de la vigne (archaeological exploration of wine production)

Saturday 2nd
Domaine Lafage, Perpignan
Atelier d’initiation à la dégustion (wine tasting workshop)

Monday 4th
Banyuls sur Mer
Apéritif vigneron (wine tasting & apero)

Thursday 14th
Prades
Foire au gras et aux volailles caviste (foie gras & poultry festival)

Friday 15th
Perpignan
Remise de diplôme (graduation ceremony for the international pâtisserie school)

Thursday 21st
Rivesaltes
Fête du Muscat de Noël (Christmas Muscat festival)

Friday 22nd
Fourques
Muscat de Noël (Christmas Muscat tasting)

Friday 22nd
Vinça
Muscat de Noël (Christmas Muscat tasting)

Saturday 23rd
Perpignan
Atelier dégustation (tasting workshop at the international pâtisserie school)

Sunday 24th
Rivesaltes
Soirée caritative (charity event to raise funds for a Christmas dinner for those in need)

Thursday 28th
Saint Cyprien
Muscat de Noël

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)

Sunday 8th
Castelnou
Marché de Noël (Christmas market)

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

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)

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