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gyl.johnson
post Aug 22 2008, 04:38 AM
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If you're going to be in France in September or October and you're interested in the wine making process, grape harvest time or "Vendanges" in French, might suit your pallete. Every year, the timing is different but basically all 27 wine producing regions in France harvest their grapes. There are two ways you can partake in the festivities:

1. Be a grape picker. Sometimes the work is paid. Sometimes not but the owners usually feed you and give you wine during the period you're working. Some provide lodging during your stay. In order to do this you can either show up in a big wine producing region such as, Bordeaux, Burgundy or Cote du Rhone and visit a ANPE office (Employment office) and ask when, where etc. As its very temporary work (1- 18 days), you dont have to worry about visas , paperwork etc. However as I said, its all about timing. Every region starts at a different time depending on when exactly the grapes are ready, so if you just show up without a plan, you may miss out. Therefore the other option is to visit the following sites to arrange your grape picking in advance. Some of these agencies charge a placement fee.

www.grapepicking.co.uk
www.volontariat.org/2/jr_29.html in French
www.wwoof.org

2. If the idea of spending your vacation picking grapes doesn't work for you, you can partake in one of countless grape harvest festivals in France during the same period.
Three big ones are in; Tarascon(Oct 7 & 8), Avignon(mid October) and Bordeaux-Aquitaine (mid October). Wine festivals are easy to pinpoint with any local tourist office.

www.teflanguagehouse.com


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kitkatgo
post Aug 22 2008, 12:58 PM
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That sounds really cool Gyl! Too bad I'll miss out though, since I'll be there in November. Hopefully, I can make it another year. smile.gif


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post Aug 25 2008, 10:42 AM
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I know quite a few people who did the wwoof thing, and loved it. Yes, very good tip Gyl. Once again.


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post Mar 14 2010, 12:00 AM
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Do you know of any specific festival held in Alsace during the wine harvest period. I would be most interested in seeing traditional costumes etc.
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