Ever Dreamed of Being a Grape Picker?

If you’ve ever fantasized about what it must have been like to be a French grape picker, participating in the most fundamental step of wine making, here’s your chance to join the Saint-Paul-du-Vence grape harvest!

The Domaine of Saint Paul du Vence is hosts a series of Harvest Mornings in September, where you are invited spend a few hours in the vineyards, choosing and cutting the bunches of grapes destined to become this year’s wine.   The fruits of your labor will be rewarded with a lunch provided by the Domaine Saint Joseph …and an experience that you will never forget.

  • 7:30am  Rendezvous at the vineyard for a quick lesson in grape picking (in French, but can be translated into English in needed)
  • 7:45am  Into the vineyards!  The terrain of the vineyard is steep, so hiking boots are best, and garden gloves are a must.   A hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and a bottle of water are also de rigueur.   If you have a pair of garden cutters, bring them as well, and know that you will emerge from the vineyards grape-stained, so dress accordingly.
  • 12:30ish  Finished!  Now toast your efforts with a well-deserved glass of wine and a buffet lunch provided by the Domaine Saint Joseph.

To sign up, just call Lia at 06.25.55.67.52 ou 06.09.28.26.59 or email her at lgivet@yahoo.fr.   Lia will then send you the code to get into the village Saint-Paul du Vence with your car, and you park just past the restaurant La Petite Chapelle then just follow the signs.   Click here for more details (in French) from their Facebook page.

For more, check out the The Riviera Times:  Let the Harvest Begin!

Photo credit: Grapes on the vine by Veronique Pagnier, licensed under Creative Commons; Clos Saint Paul from Domaine Saint-Joseph on Facebook.

 

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