Aurélien Fleurot, edited by Laura Laplaud 09:31, December 04, 2021

After an edition canceled in 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, wine lovers can finally meet at the Salon des Vignerons Indépendants Porte de Versailles in Paris.

In total, more than 800 winegrowers, or 60% of the profession, will be present for four days.

Something to delight the taste buds of visitors. 

These are reunions that were awaited by wine lovers and winegrowers.

After an edition canceled in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Salon des Vignerons Indépendants is making a big comeback at Porte de Versailles in Paris.

The endless rows of stands are back, the aisles are still packed but a new guest has appeared in the landscape: the mask, simply lowered over the chin for a tasting.

The passionate fair

While the last meeting between winegrowers and wine lovers was in the fall of 2019, Pierre-Antoine Giovannoni, vice-president of the Federation of Independent Winegrowers is relieved to finally find his regulars.

"The shows remain essential moments and then, it is also the occasion to be able to taste the appellations of all France, to find their favorite winegrowers", he says.

"Then you see, this morning, I had a client that I haven't had for two years who brought me his youngest, a little Baptist who has just been born, it's extremely nice."

"There is a family spirit"

Meet the regulars, talk to new customers and take the time to talk about the changes that have taken place during the confinements.

"The Covid-19 gave us time to be a little more in our lives", underlines Michel Issaly, organic winegrower in Gaillac.

"Our clients are always very curious about what we have done, there is a family spirit and a spirit of sharing, they like us and they like to know what becomes of us." 

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