In France, September - October is the right time for grape harvest. This is commonly called in French: the Vendanges. At this time of the year, people of all ages join in a common activity and work together to harvest the grapes. Everyone works from morning till afternoon to pick up the grapes. Eventually when the day is over, they all gather at the farm for some aperitifs and a joyful meal. After the latter, people can relax...
It’s a very physical activity and it can be quite tiring for the beginners, especially for their backs. But overall this experience is a very positive one and leaves excellent memories to the participants. No need to say that people are happy to bring back home some bottles of wine from the vineyard! Then you can say: “Hey, I’ve worked in this vineyard!”
In 2015, the summer started with really hot temperatures. This is a reason why grape harvests started a few days earlier that year. Unfortunately, this would have had an effect on the quantity of production (-1% compared to 2014 for the whole French territory). However, the effect on the wine quality will be…. positive! We are waiting to see what the 2016 harvest will bring!
Laurent Delahouse will be interviewing the French President Emmanuel Macron, this Sunday 17th December. The interview will be broadcast in a news report from France 2 and will be shown on TV5MONDE Europe at 7:30pm (UK time GMT).
The 25th French Film Festival UK offers a rich programme of films to enjoy, involving leading independent cinemas around the country from Glasgow and Edinburgh to London, from Inverness to Dundee and Belfast, from Warwick and Leicester to Chichester and Bristol, plus many more places in between watch the crème de la crème of contemporary and classic French-speaking cinema from 2 Nov to 17 Dec 2017. See what's on where here