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Beautiful Villages Wine Fair

Some combination? – one of the most beautiful villages in France and a Wine Fair! 9-10 April 2016. The association which represents the most beautiful villages in France (Les Plus Beaux Villages de France) in Rodemack (57 Moselle, Lorraine) – itself a rather impressive medieval Most Beautiful Village – Marché aux Vins des Plus Beaux Villages de France (Beautiful Villages Wine Fair)


Rodemack is in the Pays des “Trois Frontières” or Land of the Three Frontiers, on the borders of France, Germany (which it is only 20 km away from) and Luxembourg (6 km) and it is steeped in these three cultures. The village is nicknamed “Petite Carcassonne Lorraine” and is still surrounded by 700 m of ramparts dating from the 15C. Entrance is via the fortified gate of Sierck, which was built by the inhabitants themselves in the 14C.

The wine festival will feature wines and vignerons from 20+ “most beautiful villages” throughout France, including Alsace, Burgundy, Loire, Languedoc,,,, held in the vaulted cellars of the medieval fortress.

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The Les Plus Beaux Villages de France classification requires that the village meets several criteria, including

  • fewer than 2000 inhabitants
  • at least two protected sites or
    monuments and
  •  must be really beautiful.

Just 154 villages in the whole of France make the official list of the prettiest villages of
France (Les Plus Beaux Villages de France)

There are many holiday accommodation options nearby including the B&B Le Clos du Verger, a renovated farmhouse, dating back to the 19th century just 7 km from the Moselle Vineyard and wine route, with a garden and terrace.