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For anyone who has ever wondered how the bottle of wine on your table was produced, Bordeaux’s Ecole du Vin has the answer. A new course ‘Destination Wine Harvest’ has been introduced to their programme and is an interactive trip for wine lovers to experience the wine harvest first hand.

The two-day course is spent participating in the wine harvest, picking the grapes and learning about the winemaking process. Following the grapes from the vines to the vat room; working at the sorting table; observing the first fermentation and tasting the wines throughout the different vinification stages, this is the perfect initiation for wine enthusiasts.

The course begins with an introductory session in the Ecole du Vin in the heart of Bordeaux city, before heading out to the Sauternes and Médoc regions to start work.

The courses will take place on 22nd-23rd September and 6th-7th October and cost 450€ per person (based on double occupancy)*.

The Ecole du Vin has also introduced a number of other new courses for 2007:

Bordeaux Classics (3 days)

An initiation to the world of appellations, aromas and flavours, including a trip along the Médoc Châteaux route and a leisurely stroll through Saint Emilion. 645€ including lunches, dinners with 2 nights accommodation in a 3 star hotel.

Introduction to Bordeaux (2-hour Summer Course)

Running from June-September, Monday to Saturday. 22€ per person.

Intensive Courses (from 450€ to 900€, including lunches)

- Learning how to taste with an opportunity to discover the wide diversity of Bordeaux wines (3 days)
- The essence of Bordeaux (3 days)
- The legendary Châteaux of Bordeaux: the classifications and the wines (4 days)

Châteaux open their doors: 9.30am-6pm, 165€ (currently only in French)
Morning course at the Ecole du Vin and lunch in a Château with the winemaker.

*The price of the Destination Wine Harvest course includes:

- Two night’s accommodation and breakfast in a 3 star hotel in Bordeaux
- selected meals (lunch and dinner on the 1st day and lunch on the 2nd - wine included with dinner)
- introductory wine-tasting course at the Ecole du Vin
- the visits and tastings at wine estates
- excursions accompanied by a Wine Educator

To book, please contact Vitivinitour, tel: 00 33 (0) 556 92 32 31, email:, websites:,

For more details, please contact Rosamund at R&R Teamwork
Tel: 020 7384 1333, Email:
26th April 2007

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