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French and Wine

Is this course for you?

Yes ~ if you’re looking to improve your French and explore the wonderful world of French wines. The French & Wine courses are offered in Bordeaux , an important centre for the French wine industry – allowing you to visit some wonderful vineyards in Bordeaux (and taste several wines)!

French and Wine Course in Bordeaux

Levels offeredHigh Elementary (A2 CEF) + levels
Minimum age18
Course duration1 week   (set dates)
Number of lessons20 French lessons per week
Additional sessionsWine lectures/tastings etc
Lesson duration45 minutes
Maximum per class12 students
  • Timetable: Morning lessons plus a special activity programme
  • Wine lectures/tasting’s & visits to local Chateaux vineyards

Combine your French language studies with a guided visit to some of the Bordeaux region’s wonderful vineyards! This 5 day course enables you to practise your French and hone your wine appreciation skills through lectures and tasting sessions.

Wine Sessions: 2 wine workshops + 3 excursions to wine producing Chateaux

Discover the many aspects of the Bordeaux wine world: History, trade and development, soils and specifics of each wine (red and white). The extreme originality of the production of Bordeaux wines, which is called « assemblage » (blending): become a winemaker for a day and make your own wine. Explore the secrets of wine making: how raisin turns into wine. The Art of Wine Tasting: 3 steps to read the label on a wine bottle.

Monday: 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm
Discover and understand the wine industry in Bordeaux
Appellations around Bordeaux
You will discover the wine industry of Bordeaux.
Get to know the different appellations you can find around Bordeaux and their wines.
Awaken your senses.
Learn how to read a label on a bottle of wine
Wine tasting in 3 steps: The colour, the smell and the taste of the wine.

Tuesday: 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm
Tasting & blending
Wine making and blending
Discover the process of wine making in a wine cellar: how do we make white wine, red wine or rosé?
Wine blending: the art of making a wine from different vintages.
The objective is to match perfectly the aromas, the textures and the colours.
Make your own wine! Become the head of the wine cellar for a day and create the blending of your choice using the 4 main vintages of Bordeaux wines.
Tasting session and application of the knowledge learned during the first 2 days.

Wednesday: 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm
Excursion to the Pauillac region
Visit a Chateau and wine tasting (more information provided on arrival)
Pauillac region is located north of Bordeaux along the Gironde estuary. Capital city of the Médoc region, it has 18 classified “grands crus” since 1855, among those, 3 are Premium Classified Grands Crus: Châteaux Lafite-Rothschild, Latour and Mouton-Rothschild.

Thursday: 2.00 pm – 6.30 pm
Excursion to Saint-Emilion region
Visit to Busquet Chateau
A qualified oenologist will give you a private tour of the family owned castle of Busquet. A great opportunity to go behind the scenes, learn the story of the Robin family and discover the every day life of a vineyard of the Bordeaux region.
At the end of this guided visit you will walk around Saint-Emilion where you will be able to admire the bell tower at the top of this UNESCO World Heritage medieval village.

Friday: 2.30 pm – 6.00 pm
Excursion to Pessac-Leognan region
Visit a Chateau and wine tasting (more information provided on arrival)
The vineyards of Pessac Léognan are located to the south of Bordeaux.
Haut Brion Castle is the only Premium Classified Grand Cru of 1855 that is not made in the Médoc region. It is now the leader of the 68 Chateaux and domains.

*The course timetable and schedule are provided as a sample only, and may be modified where necessary.

1 wk   €815.00
CESA Fee: € 50.00 per person
Summer supplements: Not applicable

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