The Chamber of Commerce and Industry moved in 1920 into the former surgical amphitheatre created by the architect Jean-Antoine Giral. On the ground floor, the stained glass window by Jacques Grüber, a remarkable example of Art Nouveau in Montpellier, highlights the importance of the wine industry in the local economy.
32 Grand Rue Jean Moulin – 34000 MONTPELLIER
On Place de la Comédie, go back in time and imagine yourself in the early 19th century, on a Tuesday on a café terrace at the wine market, where the Monoprix store currently stands.
Opposite, on the façade of the building known as the “Scaphandrier” diving suit due its onion-shaped roof with round windows, you can see the capital which evokes on each side of the carved stone balcony the alliance between wine-growing and industry (bunch of grapes, press and locomotive).
You can imagine you are in 1907, among the 500,000 people gathered on the square to protest against the wine crisis.
10 place de la Comédie – 34000 MONTPELLIER
The Fabre Museum’s collections, including works by Frédéric Bazille and Gustave Courbet, evoke the vine and wine. Oenological visits are organised every month in partnership with the AOC Languedoc Grés de Montpellier.
Montpellier, an opportunity to discover the symbolism of wine in art and to taste the local production.
39 boulevard Bonne Nouvelle – 34000 MONTPELLIER
Created in 1220, the Faculty of Medicine moved into the former episcopal palace during the Revolution, with the support of the doctor and minister Jean-Antoine Chaptal. Chaptal, whose bust can be seen in the inner courtyard, theorised the process of adding sugar to increase the alcohol content of wine.
2 rue de l’École de Médecine – 34000 MONTPELLIER
In 1593, the botanist doctor Pierre Richer de Belleval founded the first Jardin des Plantes de France, which was intended for the study of medicinal plants. A few decorative vines bear witness to the expansion of these early fields of research, which today are devoted more broadly to botany and agronomy.
Boulevard Henri IV – 34000 MONTPELLIER