As a fan and regular attendant of the Independent Winemakers Expo in France (Vigneron Indépendant), I was pleased to learn about their annual picnic this year on June 8-10, 2019. The event will take place in a variety of vineyard locations and will be hosted by the independent winemakers themselves. The event is open to the public and offers a great opportunity to taste the heart and soul of winemaking from some of France's less exposed yet highly-skilled growers and makers. From the VI website:
The principle is simple, come with family or friends and bring your basket meal. The winemaker welcomes you in the heart of his domain, will have arranged a space to receive you, with tables and chairs, and very often fun and cultural activities...Open to all, to wine enthusiasts or neophytes, as to fans of the great outdoors and beautiful landscapes, or lovers of cultural heritage, architecture, local, it is an event for all and all ages.