Clos des Canuts
Born on 21 April 1986 on the initiative of Gabriel Caillet, mayor of the 4th arrondissement of Lyon, and twinned with the Montmartre vineyard, the République des Canuts – today chaired by Gérard Truchet – is committed to defending the traditions of Lyon and above all to enhancing the Croix-Rousse district. The Clos des Canuts vineyard is in fact located on the Croix-Rousse hill, in the Parc de la Cerisaie. The harvest is an occasion for a great celebration, now traditional in the Croix-Rousse. Other events take place throughout the year such as the Brandons, the Paradis and the literary awards (Canut and Dessinandier).
The Canuts had a vine, a republic and a government on their hill. Since its creation, the Republic has defended the values of Lyon that the vines symbolize: with deep roots firmly linked to the terroir, they represent patience, tenacity and, with the juice they produce, conviviality. Three hundred Gamay vines, each entrusted for three years to the care of a “godfather”, a member elected by the President. Among the most illustrious, Mick Micheyl, Paul Bocuse, Frédéric Dard, Alphonse Boudard. The citizens then intervene during the harvest and subsequent celebrations. The land produces from 300 to 600 kg of grapes a year and the resulting wine is first served to the godparents, in personalized and vintage bottles. It is a ruby-colored wine, with aromas of red fruit, consistent on the palate, easy to drink, dietary and with a low cholesterol content.