Skills learned in the classroom environment are essential, but let’s not forget the reason you’re studying.

Grammar, irregular verbs, texts … these are the ‘nuts and bolts’ of language acquisition and are properly learned in the classroom.

Coeur de France founder Gérard Chartrand’s weekly wine tour. More than a simple tasting, this weekly ‘behind the scenes’ cultural exursion is one of the most popular we offer. Students learn how Sancerre wine is made, how to taste it and much more.

But let’s think for a moment about why you’re learning French in the first place…

Wine Tasting… if you’re like most students, it’s because you want to interact with French-speaking people in the real world — listen, speak, understand and be understood.
excursion2For this reason, Coeur de France proposes optional cultural excursions for students.
excursion3Each excursion is intended to provide students with the opportunity to engage French native speakers in unrehearsed, genuine conversation. Students may visit artisans, authentic folk festivals, wineries, châteaux, goat cheese farms, village markets. There are also painting, sculpting and jewelry making workshops for adults and children.
excursion4The 2 – 3 hour excursions are open to all interested students. Cost for most excursions range from free to about 30 euros.
excursion5Because the excursions are optional, the choice is entirely yours; you will never have to pay for something you didn’t do.
excursion6But it doesn’t end there. If you’re the sort who likes doing things on your own, there are plenty of other activities you can do nearby. Golf, kayaking/canoeing on the Loire River, swimming at the local swimming complex, tennis, horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking the vineyards and woods — are all just some of the many outdoor activities students and locals pursue here!
excursion7So slow down.
excursion8Experience life in the French countryside.
excursion9Take the time to learn naturally.
excursion10Breath our fresh country air.
excursion11Tell a joke… and relax. You’re among friends!
excursion12Please note: Of course due to weather or other factors beyond our control, not all excursions are available all of the time but there are interesting opportunities every week! We do our best to provide you with the occasions to use your new French skills while experiencing a slice of French culture in a winemaking village.