The Médoc Marathon (Marathon du Médoc) takes place on 7 September 2013.
An opportunity to run a marathon amongst some of the most famous vineyards in the world! With lots of money raised for charity and many chateaux putting in teams, some in fancy dress, this promises to be a fun day (unless you are
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Celebrate Champagne with Champagne in Champagne
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Across the French winegrowing regions you can have a picnic on a vineyard 18-20 May 2013!
An initiative supported by the Vignerons-Independents (independent winemakers) involves 700 domaines across 31 départements who will provide a tidy area for your picnic (bring your own picnic lunch) and offer a tasting of their wines – Pique-Nique chez le
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The Bistrot de la Place in Saumur (49 Maine-et-Loire, Pays de Loire) has a good range of local wines on offer to quaff along with some excellent home-cooked dishes at reasonable prices. This is an ideal venue in the heart of the attractive town of Saumur to do a bit of research on local vineyards
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Of you are in the Loire Valley for the weekend of 3-4 September 2011, you can explore the vineyards in a different way,
Vignes, Vins et Randos is an organised series of walks throughout the Loire Valley at various locations from the Atlantic Coast through Muscadet, Anjou, Saumur as far east as Touraine:
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If you’ve ever considered being part of the French wine harvest then have a look at RTE’s video on Chateau Haut Garrigue in Saussignac west of Bergerac – see www.rte.ie Caroline & Sean Feely purchased the vineyard 4 years ago, and have developed a biodynamic, organic vineyard which is winning great acclaim from winelovers
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The Minervois region of the Languedoc holds a wide-ranging cultural festivel from 22 October to 4 November 2009 called Les Grands Chemins (the big tracks)
…the established showcase of the Minervois, is preparing its annual fortnight-long festival of the senses – art, culture and fabulous food – all designed to introduce you to the delights
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Across France much of the landscape and many small villages have stirred into frenetic activity with the start of the annual grape harvest – some areas have been busy for weeks already, whilst others may not start until later in September or even later if they are very high or concentrating on late-harvest (vendanges tardives)
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Our ocassional series of articles using local knowledge to help you get the best out of a visit to different parts of France.
Saumur (49 Maine et Loire, Pays de Loire)
Where to stay
English/French family-owned Gite and B&B (Chambres d’Hote) – Le Bellevue on a vineyard run by Sarah-Jane Beaumont
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The town and wine appellation of Vinsobres (26 Drome, Rhône-Alpes) is the place to be on 28 August 2009, when they celebrate the “RALLYE DU GOUT” – an all-day celebration of their Côtes du Rhône wine and local provencal produce,
The rally (about 9 kilometres) in and around the village encompasses 8
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