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.

With the arrival of March, the terroir season jumps into glorious action. Don’t forget, there’s also plenty of yummy, seasonal and local produce to be found at the weekly markets in towns and villages across the region. 

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.

April

Saturday 6th
Domaine Lafage, Perpignan
Atelier d’initiation à la dégustation (wine tasting workshop)

Sunday 7th
Argelès sur Mer
Foire aux éleveurs (breeders fair)

Sunday 7th
Estagel/Montner
Randonnée de vignes en caves (guided walk through the vineyards with tasting)

Sunday 7th
Millas
Fête de la bunyete & de l’huile d’olive (Catalan cake and olive oil festival)

Sunday 14th
Argelès sur Mer
Printemps en fête (springtime festival)

Sunday 14th 
Arles sur Tech
Foire aux chevreuils (deer fair)

Sunday 14th
Nyls-Ponteilla

Chasse aux oeufs et aux verres (egg & wine treasure hunt, chocolate for the little ones, wine for the bigger ones!)

Sunday 14th
Sorède
Fête de l’huile d’olive (olive oil festival)

Wednesday 17th
Perpignan 
Atelier chocolat-grenache (again, chocolate for the little ones, wine for the bigger ones!)

Thursday 18th
Perpignan
Nuit des Grenaches du Monde

Sunday 21st – Monday 22nd
Banyuls sur Mer
Chasse aux oeufs et aux Banyuls (another egg & wine treasure hunt!)

Wednesday 24th
Vinça
Atelier senteur (wine smelling workshop, adaptable for children too)

Thursday 25th
Nyls-Ponteills
Le rosé de l’entrée au desert (rosé wine festival)

Friday 26th
Vinça
Les Pica Pica (monthly terroir event featuring a local vineyard or producer: wine and tapas)

Sunday 26th
Tautavel/Vingrau
Randonnée de vignes en caves (guided walk through the vineyards with tasting)

Wednesday 31st
Vinça
Atelier senteur (wine smelling workshop, adaptable for children too)

May

Everyday until 26th May
Galerie des Hospices, Canet en Roussillon
Ocre Bleu (wine smelling workshop)

Wednesday 1st
Saint Marie la Mer

Fête de l’artichaut (artichoke festival)

Thursday 2nd
Rasiguères

Les Passés Jades (guided walk through vineyards followed by a grillade)

Saturday 4th
Domaine Lafage, Perpignan
Atelier d’initiation à la dégustation (wine tasting workshop)

Saturday 11th
Rivesaltes
Voyages sensoriels (guided tasting on the Train Rouge)

Saturday 11th
Perpignan
Le vin au musée (wine tasting with poetry and music at the Hyacinthe Rigaud museum)

Sunday 12th
Tautavel
Vinoculture (guided visit, tasting, meal and conference)

Thursday 16th
Rasiguères

Les Passés Jades (guided walk through vineyards followed by a grillade)

Friday 17th
Vinça

Soirée dégustation (monthly celebration of a local producer)

Saturday 18th
Cave Byrrh, Thuir

Atelier pâtisserie (parent-child pastry workshop)

Sunday 19th
Maury

Les Amorioles

Thursday 23rd
Nyls-Ponteills

Voir c’est croire, boire c’est savoir (wine tasting/smelling workshop)

Friday 24th
Rasiguères

Les 100 ans de Rasiguères (100th anniversary wine tasting and meal)

Saturday 25th
Saint Nazaire – Canet en Roussillon

Randonnée de vignes en caves (guided walk through vineyards followed by wine tasting)

Saturday 25th
Rasiguères
Fête de la randonnée et des mobilités douces vignes en caves (hiking and gentle mobility festival with wine tasting, medicinal/edible plants etc.)

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