On October 29 and 30, the Place du Capitole turns into an open-air vineyard. On the program, the history of the terroir, sale and tasting in moderation of course.
Place du Capitole as you’ve never seen it before! On October 29 and 30, no less than 60 producers from the southwest of Occitania come together for the first edition of the Fête des Vendanges. An open-air activity that invites young and old to discover the history of the region’s terroirs, its beverages, the traditions of the vineyards and the know-how of the winegrowers who perpetuate these mysterious blends. “Be careful, the Place du Capitole is not covered with vines as I have heard,” laughs Paul Fabre, director of the Interprofession des vins du Sud-Ouest. It simply honors the wines of Occitania consumed in the vineyards of Aveyron in the Basque Country and Ariège in the Dordogne: the largest vineyard in France ”.
An initiative of the Federation of downtown shops to animate the heart of Toulouse, link the city to the regions and highlight short circuits. “Of course, we approved the idea and our logistics straight away.”
80% losses in some vineyards
An event organized to also support the industry, sometimes hard hit by severe weather conditions: frost, gloomy summer. So many problems that have weakened certain vineyards with losses sometimes reaching 80% in the Lot, Gers and Tarn-et-Garonne, in particular. “From the cumulative aspects of the covid crisis which has slowed down the activity of salespeople, to the international context with the small taxes imposed by Trump and the Brexit application … We are going to experience one of the biggest harvests of recent years” , deplores Paul Fabre. Certainly less dynamic but which does not suffer from the disenchantment of the French: This event, we hope, is an opportunity to strengthen the sector. Especially since it will be accompanied by entertainment and catering ”.