Elham Valley goes to "Elham en Beaujolais"

In the middle of September 2005, a group went to meet the folk of the Communauté for a weekend. The visit was planned to coincide with the vendange, the annual grape harvest, and some hardy souls braved the cold wind to join their hosts in the fields.

Here's our visit in pictures.

Well, we're here!the group arriving
The Communauté and its vineyardsthe village and its vineyards
Just waiting to be pickedvine-covered hillsides
A welcome in the villageour welcome in the village
...and the party just went on and on...our welcome just goes on and on
The pickers have arrivedthe pickers have arrived
...and they work quickly
in the cold wind
and they work quickly in the cold

Grapes being unloaded into the vats

grapes being unloaded into the vats
Gilles Carreau is our host
for the vendange
Gilles Carreau's noticeboard
Gilles testing specific gravity
of last week's picking (tasting le paradis)
Gilles testing the specific gravity
...and it's only lunchtime!lunchtime for the pickers
Vineyards come in all
shapes and sizes,
even more vines
but there's always more fields to pick.more vineyards
Thanks to Angus for arranging our visit to the Beaujolaislunchtime for the pickers
Before we left, we got down to planning our next rencontre.lunchtime for the pickers

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