France: Independent Wine Growers Expo for €6
France’s independent wineries are taking their bottles on the road November 2008-March 2009 in the country’s Independent Wine Growers Expo (“Les Salons des Vins des Vignerons Indépendants”). Of interest to discerning Cheapos, the expo only costs €6! (About the cost of one decent glass of wine back home.)
The three-day events, held on subsequent weekends in eight cities across France, are delicious ways to meet growers and taste wines from the France’s 12 wine regions. Hundreds of wineries, hailing from Alsace to the Vallee du Rhone, will be manning booths, pouring samples, and selling their wares.
The wine expo travels around France, making the following stops:
2009 – websites not yet available
Rennes: January 30-February 1(Parc Expo)
Strasbourg: February 13-16 (Wacken/Hall 20)
Lyon: February 27-March 1 (Eurexpo – Hall 10)
Bordeaux: March 13-15 (Parc Expo)
Check out the Independent Wine Growers Expo website for more information (in French). The site allows you to research attendees by wine region, by appellation, and by winery. You can find their booth in advance, and even print out a map of the expo.
A votre santé! And see you there…