Appears in
Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Paris, capital of france, once the centre of a thriving wine region and still one of the few capital cities in which vineyards of any size may be found (although see also vienna). Rueil, Suresne, Nanterre, Coulombe, and Argenteüil were all renowned for their wine in the 17th century. Today there are still several suburban vineyards, of which only one, in the IGP Suresnes created in 2013, is commercial. There is even a small vineyard on the slopes of Montmartre, whose meagre produce, from 2,000 vines originally densely planted in 1933, is auctioned for charity. More IGPs are being sought for Île-de-France, or greater Paris.