Two possibilities: tourist harvest, Alsace is now possible, or contact a specialist agency who will arrange for you a vineyard tourism experience during harvest.
Fifteen winemakers partners participating in "Tourist Harvest," an exclusive event proposed in Alsace during the harvest season in September and October. The opportunity to share the daily life of winemakers in a friendly atmosphere and discover the skills of men and women who develop the finest wines of the region. Time for a half day, become a grape picker for a day and participate in the work to the company in the vine grower who will deliver all harvesting techniques secret. A privileged experience that ends with a wine tasting of the area. As a souvenir of this day full immersion in the vineyard, the Diploma "Grape-picker for a day" will be provided.
In other vineyards in France, some wineries also offer workshops in the vineyard during the harvest. But to date, Alsace remains one of the few wineries to offer an event of such magnitude that brings together more than 15 partner growers.
France with its 17 vineyards and many wineries is the ideal country for those who wish to experience to participate in the harvest season.
The dates of the harvest:
From late August to September, sometimes until the end of October, according to the weather
In which regions?
The first harvest takes place in the sunniest regions of France. Then follow the other in this order:
Late August: Provence, Corsica, Languedoc-Roussillon
September: Beaujolais and the Rhône Valley, Bordeaux, Savoy, Centre, Jura, Southwest, Val-de-Loire, Bourgogne
Late September: Alsace, Champagne
Early October: Lorraine,Charentes et Cognac
Warning, do not be fooled by appearances: the harvest is a real physical work that involves cutting the grapes. An admittedly easy to acquire but hard technical. Fortunately there are moments of relaxation with the rest of the team of pickers that compensate the hard work of the day.