Waking at dawn, working in all weathers and for little pay, picking grapes is dirty back-breaking work but my two weeks working the Burgundian grape harvest were two of the happiest I can remember. The landscape was breathtaking. The food was classic Burgundian but it was gathering together of people that made it so special. From the Romans to Cistercian Monks, for thousands of years people from all over Europe have gathered in Burgundy for this historic harvest. Here is a gallery to give an idea of what goes into picking the grapes that make the best wine on earth.