The town of Joigny (29 Yonne, BFC) celebrates the wine harvest with its annual Joigny Wine Fair (Fête des Vendanges) on 13 October 2019
Held in the covered market (Marché Couvert) on the banks of the Yonne river, the festival runs from 10am to 7pm, the main focus is the local wine – primarily red and white Burgundy – although historically it is famous for its Vin Gris made from an unusual blend of Malbec, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon and Tressot grapes. NB do not call it a rosé wine, despite its light, almost silvery pinkish colour.
Free entrance to the festival which includes winegrower stands where you can taste and buy wine at cellar door prices.
And of course local food producers will also be there so you can sample traditional Burgundian fayre including snails, cheese and pastries.
For more info on the Joigny Wine Fair see www.sortirdanslyonne.com
The riverside Hotel – La Côte Saint Jacques is a very comfortable and convenient place to stay.
The romantic painter Turner painted in Joigny in 1802. A picturesque little town, overlooking the River Yonne. Rebuilt in the 16th century after much of it was destroyed by fire, some of the buildings have wood-carved decoration, especially some of the older houses. Joigny is lively, with a market and a lot of activity along the river and the Canal de Bourgogne. To the north and east of the town is the unspoilt wooded area of the Pays d’Othe which stretches into the Champagne region. Here cider making is key with apple orchards covering the verdant valleys.