National Geographic : 1953 Feb
© National Geographic Society 238 Picking Burgundy's Grapes. Quips and Laughter Often Ease the Job Autumn brings wine making, the jolliest season for Vezelay folk. Every member of the family helps gather the harvest. Pickers strip the sun-warmed vines with scissors or knives. As baskets fill, they are dumped into barrels stained by the grapes of former years (below). Horses (resting all day in the shade) haul empty casks in the morning and full ones at evening. These vineyards in times long past belonged to the Dukes of Burgundy.