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During these difficult times most Wine producers remain open for online sales or telephone orders.

Don’t miss out because you can’t travel to visit them!

In Bergerac the Chateau Bélingard have offers worth considering and in the same region Chateau Feely reveal some great ideas in their newsletter.

The tourist office at Saint-Emilion are helping out the local growers and craftsmen too during this month of confinement by encouraging would be visitors to use online facilities.

In the Cognac region the winter months are reserved for Distillation when the wine is distilled until the end of March when it begins the long ageing process to be bottled later as Cognac.

VENDANGE 2020- Grape Harvest began beginning of September

Within the vineyard regions of our tours wine producers were busy with the annual harvest of grapes

Whether by traditional hand method or machine, it’s always a busy time of year. The vineyards are alive with activity whilst many households are still asleep.

It followed by the grapes being pressed to extract the juice which has been fermenting into wine.

During April 2020 we saw the planting of new vines in some areas. These tiny shoots will take 3 years to mature enough to be harvested.

Tap to CHECK YOU Know your wine bottle sizes

COVID 19 Protocols may vary slightly from region to region

Some venues are permitted to remain open but health measures will be maintained to help limit a second wave of Covid 19

Masks obligatory in most situations & places.

Social distancing of at least one metre will be required.

No hand shaking or embracing

Wash or sanitise your hands with hydro-alcoholic solution regularly throughout the day.

STAY AT HOME if you have a temperature or any symptoms

2021 PUBLIC HOLIDAY DATES IN FRANCE

Public Offices, some shops & businesses close:-

JANUARY 1st

APRIL 4th & 5th

MAY 1st, 8th, 13th & 24th

JULY 14th

AUGUST 15th

NOVEMBER 1st, 11th

DECEMBER 25th.

Note most businesses close early on 24th

Brief Glossary of Basic Wine Terms

Cépages Grape Varieties

Coupage Blending

Weather, soil, moisture, pruning and training of the vine all influence the characteristics of wine.

So the suitability of the grape to each region determines its quality.

CLASSIFICATION

Vin de Table is the basic classification and must be a minimum of 8.5% – max 15% ABV

Vin de Pays / Vin de Pays de Cépage is best quality table wine with minimum 9%(10% in Mediterranean) ABV

AO VDQS Appellation d’Origine- Vins Délimités de Qualité Supérieure AOC Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée

AO, VDQS & AOC are all strictly regulated by area, variety, ABV,maximum yield per hectare, method of cultivation and vinification.

BOTTLE LABELS:

Chateau bottled refers to the estate

Shippers Name on a label denotes quality and reliability

ADEB SEAL on neck of bottle of Bordeaux wine is a guide to good quality

3 LEVELS OF QUALITY DISTINGUISH SAINT EMILION WINES

ONLY THE GRAND CRU CAN APPLY TO BE RANKED AS

GRAND CRU CLASSÉ

1st GRAND CRU CLASSÉ B

1st GRAND CRU CLASSÉ A (highest ranking)

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