On 21 and 22 October, the Fête des Vins in Chablis celebrates the new vintage
The 69th Fête des Vins wine Festival takes place in Chablis on 21 and 22 October. Wine lovers, connoisseurs, professionals, and the general public will come together in the village to celebrate the wines of Chablis, and the new vintage in particular.
Each edition offers the chance to bring out a few old vintages, to invite some prestigious guests, and to rediscover the warm hearts of the people of Chablis in the presence of the patrons of the new vintage.
The festivities are organized by the Chablis tourist board in conjunction with the BIVB. They include the baptism of the new vintage; tastings of the different levels of the appellation across multiple vintages, provided by some 40 producers; the induction of new members of the Piliers Chablisiens brotherhood; local and regional gastronomy; an introduction to wine tasting; an exhibition of farm machinery; attractions for children such as face-painting and clowns; a band; walks in the vines; and a presentation of local wine-related tourism.
New this year, visitors can sample the winning wines from the 2017 Chablis Concours des Vins wine competition. SUV tours through the vines are also available on request.
Saturday 21 October
10:00am – Stands open, closing at 6:00pm
Sunday 22 October
9:30am to 11:30am, 4km walks over the Chablis Grand Cru hill with Les Sentiers Chablisiens. Free and open to all. Suitable footwear required. Leaving from the Mairie de Chablis (town hall), 1 place Lafayette, every 15 minutes.
10:00am – Stands open, closing at 6:00pm
11:00am – Piliers Chablisiens brotherhood parade to the podium in Place Lafayette for the induction ceremony, in the presence of the patrons of the 2017 vintage. Speeches from local dignitaries.
There is also the weekly Sunday market in Rue Auxerroise.
Location: Boulevard du Docteur Tacussel
Tasting glasses can be purchased for €5, providing access to wine tastings on the stands
For more information, call +33 (0)3 86 42 42 22
Relive the 2016 Fête des Vins in photos!
There were smiles aplenty at the 68th Fête des Vins, presided over by French impersonator and humorist Laurent Gerra, who was inducted into the Piliers Chablisiens brotherhood.
Some 5,000 visitors were able to taste the various levels of appellation, presented by 42 producers from the Chablis and the Grand Auxerrois region, and enjoy the stands offering local gastronomy in a very joyful atmosphere.
A stroke of Chablis luck!
The winner of the Pure Chablis Canada 2016 competition, Torontonian Stéphanie Guth, has gone on to be named New Zealand’s Sommelier of the Year. The Pure Chablis Canada 2016 competition brought together three of the next generation of sommeliers from Toronto with some of the very best food and Chablis wine combinations.
Chablis clearly brought Stéphanie luck, just like it did with Iwata Wataru, named Best Japanese Sommelier 2017, just a few weeks after receiving the Chablis 2016 prize in partnership with the Young Sommelier Competition organized by the Japan Sommelier Association (JSA).
Click here to find out more about Stéphanie Guth in an article from The Real Revue from 31 August.
Video of Chablis winegrowing region seen from the sky
In 2016, the video of "the Chablis winegrowing region seen from the sky" won the prize of the best professional film on wine at the 23rd Festival International Œnovidéo in May, and the prize of the best wine video at the Born Digital Wine Awards in November !
Discover the 2016 winners Born Digital Wine Awards here.
It happened in 2016
It happened in 2015
THE CHABLIS BLOGGER CHALLENGE 2014
Chablis is for life, not just for Christmas - The Chablis blogger Challenge 2014
This year, Chablis challenged several top UK food bloggers to come up some summer food pairings to go with Chablis wines. Many people like to enjoy a glass of Chablis at Christmas time, but sometimes people can forget it can also work incredibly well with summer dishes and flavours. Chablis wanted to demonstrate what great summer cuisine pairings there are out there.
Several bloggers including feast with bron, Heidi Roberts Kitchen Talk and Eggs On The Roof took part and came up with some fantastic food pairing suggestions which the judges thought went perfectly with the Petit Chablis and Chablis wines they were challenged to find a summer food match for.
The overall winner was Elly McCausland with her blog Nutmegs,seven who was selected for the overall creativity of the food pairing and the explanations behind her choice.
Said Françoise Roure, Communication Manager at the Chablis Commission of the BIVB, “The entries to this year’s Chablis Blogger Challenge were brilliant. It was great to see people really taking up the challenge and thinking about what summer foods would pair well with their wines. All the entries were a really good standard, the judges felt that Nutmegs,seven had the edge for the overall creativity of the blog entry. But it was definitely a tough decision! Thank you to everyone who took part!”
Elly McCausland is a PhD student in children's literature and food writer based in York. Her culinary interests include breakfast, British puddings, south east Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine, which she explores on her food blog 'Nutmegs, seven'.
www.nutmegsseven.co.uk / @nutmegs_seven