Twenty students from Bordeaux’s International Business School (INSEEC) took part in the annual Routes des Vins project in May. The students approach all the famous chateaux in the Bordeaux wine producing region around St Emillion for donations of wine. They then charter a sailing ship and follow the ancient wine route via La Rochelle and Lorient to Bristol. The wine is then auctioned for charity as part of an event organised by the Commanderie de Vins de Bordeaux in Clifton. This year it was decided that the English Channel was just too busy and dangerous for the students to attempt to cross it so they did the last leg in minibuses on the ferry from Caen. The auction raised over six and a half thousand pounds and the funds will be shared equally between the Vie de Rose children’s charity in Bordeaux and the Beira Fund’s work in our twin city in Mozambique. The students were able to enjoy a fish and chip supper near the bridge on the night of the auction and the previous day they were taken to visit a vineyard near Newent where they were informed Gloucestershire champagne wins more awards than the French version! Thanks to the Commanderie especially Charles, Steve and Aidan and to all the students including Kallista and their tutor Helene.