Summer Abroad France

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Introduction to Winemaking

Dijon, France

Arrive Date: June 28, 2020   End Date: July 25, 2020

Program Overview

This program introduces students to winemaking and covers grape types, grape production, fermentation science, wine styles, alcohol and health, sensory evaluation, wine history, and an overview of the major wine regions of the world. We will use the opportunity of being in France to visit many of the major French wine regions, including Alsace, Burgundy, Beaujolais, the northern and southern Rhone Valley, and Provence. These trips will include visits to wine producers as well as special tastings and meals. Additional side trips are scheduled to explore local history and sites of interest such as olive oil mills, barrel making operations, and distilleries.

Taught in:  English

Max Enrollment:  22

Program Coordinator:  Sarah Wiens


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Program Highlights

  • Visit some of the famous wine regions of France.
  • Learn about the grapes of each region and taste the local wines.
  • Learn about the various production techniques by visiting wineries, large and small.
  • Learn about the history and geography of wine and winemaking around the world.
  • Learn about how wine is used in the context of food in a country where their appropriate juxtaposition is a cultural art form.

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