At the October harvest in Riquewihr, Alsace, one of the most beautiful harvests anywhere. And that was only because Ed Lauber of Lauber Imports put in a good word with one of his vineyards. My 'payment' for standing around holding grape shears in in blistering hands, sitting at the long vineyard table and sharing a huge luscious lunch. Alsacian grape picking is a family affair. Everyone knows everyone else and every member of the family shows up to help with les vendanges.
At Regaleali Vineyard in Sicily I just watched, as the pickers
sing, chat and pick the grapes in a most leisurely fashion. You can take cooking lessons there with the Countess Anna Tasca-Lanza.
I only imagined these Tuscan grape pickers. I was never there at harvest time. Tuscan vineyards are some of the most beautiful and idlyic.
they used to carry big straw baskets/paniers on their shoulders.You can sometimes still find these at French ebay.
You'll find all kinds of wine-related goodies on ebay.fr I should know. I spent hours looking for so-called still life objects. I've got a kitchen closet full of taste-vins to prove it!
Imagined 19th century Bordeaux pickers.