We have learned about the durability of French wine sector through the field study B course from February 19 to March 3, 2013.
We started our trip from Bordeaux first and carried out toward north, to Amboise, Sancerre, Dijon, and lastly Paris.
In Bordeaux, we visited a university and had a seminar about an environmental problem, visited famous wine production sites and many chateaus, including the Chateau Lagrange where a Japanese called Mr. Shiina were acting as the manager.
After having a seminar at the Bordeaux wine committee (CIVB), we were invited to a wine party in the evening in which we participated all together. The party had an interesting theme of tweeting about the party in TWITTER for the purpose of publicizing the Bordeaux wine.
In Sancerre, the state and strategies of the wine industry were completely different from those of Bordeaux. Unlike Bordeaux, there were many small producers and the scale was small. Nonetheless the region’s unique geographical wines are distributed all around France.
In Dijon, we learned about Bourgogne wine. Bourgogne is also a production region of worldwide famous Romanee-Conti. In Japan, there are many Bourgogne wine lovers. The region is currently working toward registering itself to the world heritage.
I could learn many things which could never have been learned if I was in Japan, such as diverse production methods, different taste of wine depending on terroir, etc.
This field study B which was for two weeks, I not only learned about wine related issues but also experienced the difficulty of communicating in foreign environment and cultural differences.
I met various persons for two weeks, and am indebted to them.
I would like to make the most of this experience for my future life.