Shopping in France in the Summer was all about the markets and their tempting piles of fruit and vegetables, but shopping in France at this time of year has a very different flavour!
In October we are here to replenish our wine stocks, and now that we have a proper cellar in our new home that is a serious business indeed :)
We could, of course, just head to the local supermarket and browse the shelves but it is much more fun to visit the vineyards and buy directly from the producers.
At this time of year all of the vineyards are busy harvesting the grapes for the 2016 vintage, so every vineyard we visited was a hive of activity.
Wine buying in France is a serious activity, that time must be given to. No swiping a bottle off of a shelf and carrying it to the checkout!
Of course, once we had viewed the various stages of the process it was down to the real business of the day!
The waiting, however, is not over as it will be a few years yet before the wine we bought will be ready to drink :)
Maybe a visit to the supermarket is needed after all!