Picking grapes isn't all work - here some harvesters have lifted up Vincent Bliard, a family winemaker in Hautviller, France. These pickers, who all have other jobs, gather every year to harvest the Bliard family's grapes. Some have been returning for more than 30 years. I wrote about them for AFAR magazine. Click on the link to read the story!
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Dinner with the Harvest Crew in Champagne
The Bliard family maintains the old harvest tradition of housing and feeding their 20 grape-pickers. Meals are homemade, hearty and lots of fun. The pickers (who all have other jobs and take vacation time to come work the harvest) bring treats from around France and Belgium to share with everyone. I wrote about the experience for AFAR magazine. Click on the link to read all about it!
Morning Break at the Champagne Harvest - With Wine, of Course
Harvesting grapes is hard work. You start before sunrise, after a breakfast of bread and jam. By 9:30 or so, it's time to eat again. Out in the fields, a buffet is set up with cheese, meats, bread and chocolate - and some wine, of course! I wrote about the Champagne harvest for AFAR magazine. Click the link to read all about it!