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!
Every year on 20th March, countries around the world celebrate Francophonie through cultural events honouring the French language.This year the Institut français and Francophonie UK present the national final of the Joutes Oratoires Lycéennes, concluding months of French debating competitions involving 100's of 6th form students across the UK. This event is followed by a screening of the documentary Speak-Up (À voix haute – La force de la parole) by Stéphane de Freitas. The event starts at 3:30pm on 20th March, free but booking is required