Thomery

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Thomery
Salomon vineyard.
Salomon vineyard.
Coat of arms of Thomery
Coat of arms
Thomery is located in France
Thomery
Thomery
Coordinates: 48°24′34″N 2°47′04″E / 48.4094°N 2.7844°E / 48.4094; 2.7844Coordinates: 48°24′34″N 2°47′04″E / 48.4094°N 2.7844°E / 48.4094; 2.7844
Country France
Region Île-de-France
Department Seine-et-Marne
Arrondissement Fontainebleau
Canton Moret-sur-Loing
Intercommunality Moret Seine et Loing
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean Roger Donati
Area
 • Land1 3.71 km2 (1.43 sq mi)
Population (2007)
 • Population2 3,345
 • Population2 density 900/km2 (2,300/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 77463 / 77810
Elevation 42–96 m (138–315 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Thomery is a commune in the Seine-et-Marne department in the Île-de-France region in north-central France, between the forest of Fontainebleau and the river Seine.

Inhabitants of Thomery are called Thomeryons.

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Over the centuries, Thomery has been home to the Chasselas of Thomery table grapes (different from the Moissac's chasselas) culture performed according to ancestral techniques on high walls. After harvesting, the grapes are disposed in especially designed bottles, filled with water and a charcoal piece, and stored over a period of several months in wine caves or cellars built inside the local houses. This technique allows the grapes to be sold after the Christmas season even as late as Easter with perfectly naturally preserved fruits. This tradition has been extremelly popular in from 19th century to WWII, and was destinated to rich tables in Paris (grapes were sold at Fauchon) and beyond (the Russian Csar court was also delivered). The peak of production was in the 1920s with more than 800 tons of grapes a year cultured over a total 350 km (220 mi) of walls. The vine walls are still present in Thomery and have been classified in 1993 by the Monuments historiques. Nowadays, only a few inhabitants are still running the activity for local consumption.

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