Following the twinning between the Queen’s Villa Vineyard and Paris Montmartre , held at Villa della Regina in May 2014 , Franco and Luca Balbiano were invited to Paris from M.me Brigitte Houdiniere to canonize their designation to Ambassador and Honorary Citizen of the Republic of Montmartre .
A great honor, reserved to nobody till now.
Comité des Fetes
Association founded in 1934, the Committee of the Parties and the Social Actions of the 18th arrondissement of Paris watches over the famous Clos Montmartre , and ensures the management and the promotion of his cuvée with the aim of promoting charitable activities in favor of children and the elderly in the 18th arrondissement . Under the 10 year lead of Brigitte Houdinière , this dynamic association made up of a team of volunteers works throughout the year,alongside the 18th arrondissement district, to take care of the vineyard: vinification , implement wine quality through the collaboration of an enologist and ensure optimum management of the Cuvée du Clos Montmartre and its image in France and in the World ; the Comité is also responsible to manage the famous Montmartre Grape Harvest Festival .
We’re almost ready !
Another big step is going to be accomplished : the vineyard of Queen’s Villa will soon be extended by other 800 square meters , which will allow us to get very close to a total extension of an hectare.
The work of trenching and reshaping of the land have been completed successfully and now another 500 cuttings of Freisa are ready to be planted !
This weekend the Freisa di Chieri “Vigna Villa della Regina”, twinned with the Clos Montmartre in Paris, will be featured in a famous traditional event at the foot of the Sacred Heart .
It’s been several years that the historic Parisian restaurant “La Bonne Franquette” organizes a bagna cauda dinner (typical piedmontese dish) for all the friends and customers of Piedmont (and not only).
Freisa will be the star of the event !
Thanks to Charlie and Magda of “Le Vin Parfait” for the beautiful pictures.
Finally the day has arrived !
Today , April 21, 2015 we planted 500 new Freisa cuttings at the Vineyard within the Royal Queen’s Villa.
It ‘ been a long and complex work, involving numerous historical research aimed at evaluating the best orientation of the rows , while respecting their historical position, but also in respect of the most proper exposure.
This new implant plant brings the vineyard of Queen’s Villa to an hectare extension.
A little taste of the work done today in this time-lapse !