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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The wine appellations of Cheverny AOC and Cour-Cheverny AOC are just south of the Loire near Blois. 27 August 2011 the local winemakers hold their Grape Harvest Festival . These neighbouring/overlapping appellations produce red.white and rosé wines. the main difference being that Cour-Cheverny AOC uses the seldom-seen Romorantin grape to produce dry, minerally aromatic white
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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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La Nuit des Musées is part of a Europe-wide initiative which provides free access until late at night for many varied and fascinating Museums, galleries, exhibitions etc and is designed to encourage visitors to discover the treasures which are often under-appreciated. In 2011 this takes place on 19 May 2012.
Whilst this offers a great
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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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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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A great way to try (and to buy) wines in the Loire Valley is offered on Saturday 15 August 2009 with a wine festival being held in the streets of Bourgueil (37 Indre et Loire, Centre) – Fete des Vins du Val de Loire hopefully the weather will be fine as it
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Exhibiting at Bristol’s Wine Festival (10-12 July 2009) will be Domaine Treloar, a small vineyard in the Roussillon region of southern France.
We are a small, high-quality vineyard and winery in the Roussillon, France’s most exciting wine region.Owned and operated by Jonathan Hesford and Rachel Treloar. As Vignerons Indépendants, we grow all the grapes,
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A British-owned gite/B&B near Cognac offering calm and tranquility is to be discovered at Cherac near Cognac (17 Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes) within easy reach of the A10 autoroute north of Bordeaux. Just 11km from Cognac the region offers everything from the obvious attractions of Cognac (and Pineau des Charentes) production to ancient Roman and pre-historic artefacts,
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