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7 Days Language and Wine Holidays France

7 Days Language and Wine Holidays France

  • Bordeaux, France

Wine Vacation France 

Combine your French language studies with a guided visit to some of the Bordeaux region’s wonderful vineyards! This unique course enables you to practice your French and hone your wine appreciation skills through lectures and tasting sessions. Discover the many aspects of the Bordeaux wine world: history, trade, and development, soils, and specifics of each wine (red and white). Become a winemaker for a day and make your own wine. Explore the secrets of wine making as you apply what you learnt during your French class.

Highlights

  • 20 French classes
  • Make your own wine
  • Tutored tastings of regional wines
  • Special activities to practice your French
  • Learn about wine blending process
  • Tour of great wine regions
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 5 days with instruction
  • French, English
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Accommodation is offered in and around the city of Bordeaux. All between 15 and 40 minutes for the one way commute to college.

French hosts / private households

Staying with local French hosts is a great way to really immerse yourself in the French lifestyle and experience the French language in daily use. Students can book a single room with hosts, either with half-board (breakfast and the evening meal) or on a breakfast only basis. The French language school also offer friends and couples the chance to share a room in French host accommodation in Bordeaux, but students must book the program for the same course duration in order to stay in shared room accommodation.

French hosts / private households (extra)

There are a number of self contained, self-catering studios, located between 10 to 30 minutes walk from the college. With studios for 1 to 4 people complete with kitchenette, bathroom and telephone. Please send an inquiry to CESA Languages for more information.

Hotels / Apart-Hotels

There are several very pleasant hotels just minutes from the college. CESA Languages will be happy to email some details to you on request. Please note that a daily tax of approx. 1 to 3 Euros per night, per person applies to all Hotels. Please send an inquiry to CESA Languages for more information.

Summer residences

Available from June to end of August, the summer residences, used by French University students for the rest of the year, allow students to enjoy independent living, whilst enjoying ready access to the services that make everyday life easier (laundry self-service, safe parking, etc.). All studios are furnished and equipped with a kitchenette (ceramic hob, extractor, microwave, and fridge), desk area, bathroom, toilet, wardrobe, and internet access. Please note these residences do not offer weekly cleaning. Rates include water, internet, electricity charges common and private, general maintenance of the residence. The summer residences are located from 10 to 15 minutes commute to school; towels and bed linen are provided.

Day 1, Monday

9:30 - 12:45

  • Morning lesson plus a special activity program (15-minute break)
  • 14:00 - 17:00
  • You will discover and understand the wine industry of Bordeaux
  • Get to know the different appellations you can find around Bordeaux and their wines
  • Awaken your senses and learn how to read a label on a bottle of wine
  • Wine tasting in 3 steps: The color, the smell, and the taste

Day 2, Tuesday

  • 9:30 - 12:45
  • Morning lesson plus a special activity program (15-minute break)
  • 14:00 - 17:00
  • Discover the process of wine making in a wine cellar: how to make white wine, red wine, or rosé
  • Learn about wine blending: the art of making a wine from different vintages. The objective is to match perfectly the aromas, the textures, and the colors
  • 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

Day 3, Wednesday

  • 9:30 - 12:45
  • Morning lesson plus a special activity program (15-minute break)
  • 14:00 - 17:00
  • Excursion to the Pauillac region. 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, three are Premium Classified Grands Crus: Châteaux Lafite-Rothschild, Latour, and Mouton-Rothschild
  • Visit a Châteaux and participate in a wine tasting

Day 4, Thursday

  • 9:30 - 12:45
  • Morning lesson plus a special activity program (15-minute break)
  • 14:00 - 18:30
  • Visit to Busquet Châteaux. 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 region where you will be able to admire the bell tower at the top of this UNESCO world heritage medieval village

Day 5, Friday

  • 9:30 - 12:45
  • Morning lesson plus a special activity program (15-minute break)
  • 14:30 - 18:00
  • Excursion to Pessac - Leognan region. 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, now the leader of the 68 Chateaux and domains
  • Visit a Châteaux and participate in a wine tasting
  • Excursion to Pauillac region
  • Excursion to Pessac-Leognan region
  • Excursion to Saint-Emilion region

This language and wine course will take place in Bordeaux, France.

Situated in the south-west of France, Bordeaux lies close to the Atlantic seaboard and is the capital of the Aquitaine region. It is set on the banks of the river Garonne and is famous for its magnificent wines. The wine growing area outside the city produces over 850 million bottles a year. Home to some 700,000 people, Bordeaux is a thriving University city with style: wide avenues, neo-classical architecture, and elegant public parks. There is a lively student scene throughout the academic year, though of course, it is the wine industry and commerce generally, that brought great wealth to the region.

French hosts / private households accommodations can include a half-board basis (breakfast and the evening meal) or a breakfast only basis.

Social life

With its elegant architecture, active arts scene, and a busy night-life, Bordeaux is a stimulating and authentically French environment for your experience of France and French life. The college arranges a variety of leisure activities to assist students become familiar with Bordeaux, the local region and the French culture. The college guides will ensure you see some of the better known attractions such as the Modern Art Museum, Arcachon Bay, and the Dune du Pyla (the highest sand dune in Europe), St. Emilion vineyard, and old Bordeaux. Every two weekends (in winter, once every 4 weekends) they offer a full-day excursion. In addition, the college arranges cheese and / or wine tasting’s, college parties and evenings out in local restaurants and cookery lessons, at additional cost.

Many students make their own plans to explore the city. The heart of which is located between Place Gambetta and the Garonne River. The Musee d’Aquitaine chronicles the history of Bordeaux and its region for the last 25,000 years. The Modern Art Museum exhibits 21st century work and established names, such as Jackson Pollock. The main shopping area is east of Place Gambetta, along the pedestrianized Rue Porte Dijeaux. A must see is the Galerie Bordelaise, a 19th century shopping arcade, which makes you feel you have stepped back in time. There are plenty of luxury shops around Cours Georges Clemenceau; Louis Vuitton Cartier, Hermes, and Charles Jourdan, to name a few. Alternatively why not sample the color and sounds of the markets in Bordeaux: St Michel, Colbert, Capucins, and Le Bouscat. Do not forget to bring a couple of passport photos so that you can arrange a college student card, which entitles you to reduction on public transport, some cinemas, and museums. For those who want to explore Bordeaux’s nightlife, it is recommended to visit the cafés and restaurants of Place de la Victoire, the Place de Parlement, or the Rue de Parlement Sainte Catherine. You can also sample the various night clubs along Quai de Paludate.

  • 2 wine workshops
  • 3 excursions to wine producing Châteaux
  • 4 wine tastings
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 20 French lessons
  • Additional meals
  • Airfare
  • Optional activities
  • Travel insurance

Arrival by airplane

Please arrive at Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport (BOD). When you book French hosts / private household accommodation, your hosts will collect you from the airport.

Arrival by train

Please arrive at Bordeaux train station. When you book French hosts / private household accommodation, your hosts will collect you from the train station.

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