Fruit picking august/september

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1. Posted by gemC (Budding Member 3 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi. My boyfriend and i want to go to either south of france or spain in the end of august/ start of september for 2 or 3 weeks. We dont have much money to spend, so thought of working fruit picking to earn money as we went round. I would be grateful for any suggestions about this from anyone who has done this before, places to work, stay and see etc. I think we will be bringing a tent with us and backpacking, but we havent decided yet. Would it be best to just go and find somewhere to work out there?How easy would this be? Help. Thankyou !!

2. Posted by tingo (Full Member 94 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I went picking grapes a few years ago, at a wine Chateau called Labégorce Zédé in the region of St-émilion, France. I know the owner is every year looking for fruitpickers (around september depending on the weather). You get excellent food every day, and excellent wine as much as you want (be prepared to be drunk every day ;)). You can sleep in the chateau. You are payed a bit also (I don't remember how much but I think it was around 20 USD a day).
It's fun, but the work is really hard: or you carry the fruit that all the people pick and bring it to the truck, or you pick the fruit (this is hard for your back also because the grapes are hanging at the height of your knees).
The owner is Luc Thienpont, you can contact him if you want to go there in september. His contact info is on his website:

3. Posted by gemC (Budding Member 3 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Thank you Tingo! much appreciated reply, I will look into it! :)
p.s anyone else care to add to help my fruit picking intentions?

4. Posted by CAAB (Budding Member 2 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Let me know how your search is going, gemC.

I'm looking to work and travel for the next few months...indefinately, maybe. Finding a sailing crew I can join (with my very limited experience) is my first ambition, but working in a setting like a vineyard sounds just as good.