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Looking to buy a vineyard in France?

With more than 123,000 hectares, the Bordeaux vineyards are the largest vine region in the world. Amongst the 10,000 châteaux dotted around this area, you can find vineyards which produce some of the most renowned wines in the world.

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French vineyards surge in popularity

FrenchEntrée recently reported on a surge of interest in gîtes and gîte complexes, offering investors a home in France and a means of making money… but there are other options. Vineyards in France are also high on the wish list says Gaëlle Perreaux, FrenchEntrée Property Services Manager.

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Purchasing a vineyard in France: top tips

For those relocating to France and looking for a business opportunity vineyards can be a very appealing option, after all they are a wine lover’s paradise. The reality of running a vineyard is that it is both rewarding and hard work. Here are our top ten tips about purchasing a vineyard…

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Buying and selling animals at market

A local market is one of the most common places to buy ducks, chickens and other animals for your smallholding. Topic host, Steve Hanson, who goes to market to sell his piglets, gives some advice on how to do things

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Dartmoor sheep

When smallholders Tracey and Steve Hull moved to France to farm full-time, they couldn’t bear to leave behind their grey-faced Dartmoor sheep. Absolute fans, they believe this traditional UK breed are the perfect sheep for smallholders – even in France. Tracey explains why…

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Breeding chicks

How do you go about growing your stock? Here’s information breeding naturally and through artificial insemination

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Self Sufficiency in South West France

Moving to France, buying a farm and breeding Alpacas, could be a dream come true? Lot et Garonne resident Deborah shares some experiences from her first few months on the road to self sufficiency in France…

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How to keep cows

Advice on choosing your breed of cow to information on how to keep them and feed them, and what makes good quality pasture

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Having sheep

How much pasture do you need? How do you look after them? When will your ewes be ready for the ram? Your questions answered

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Looking after pigs

Pigs are entertaining and incredibly efficient at tunring waste into something much more useful. But they need lots of land plus more

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Smallholding vs Self-sufficiency

What is a small-holding? And what is the difference between a small -holding and self-sufficiency? Or are they the same thing? Topic Host Steve Hanson gives his point of view

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Rearing rabbits

Rabbits are prolific breeders, making them a relatively simple animal to keep and breed from. Here’s how to get started…

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Sheep and Cattle Farming in the Lot

It has now been a year since I first submitted a piece for this site . A lot has happened during the year. My father-in-law’s house, that we were trying to sell for him, finally sold to a young Dutch couple…

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Sheep Farming in the Lot

Well this was quite a summer, our elder son left us to go to university in England, our flock has, at long last, started to produce lambs and our magical holiday home is for sale …

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The Winegrower’s Year

After four years of research, Mike and Sue Spring made the move to France in 1994 and bought a vineyard in the Lot valley near Montcuq. Here they describe the work involved in a winegrower’s year…