The air was filled with the heady aromas of wines, in every corner of the city sounds catchy music, and a good mood for a long time does not sleep. Want to enjoy this kind of atmosphere? Go to a wine festival. Moreover, it is very simple – almost all wine regions of the world, and sometimes even major wine farms, to spend their celebration. For example, in the German Moselle valley from April to November does not abate the fun: the baton of the festival is being passed from farm to farm.
For connoisseurs and lovers of wines such festivals help to expand horizons and knowledge about the drink, meet the producers and learn the secrets of cooking. For the wine – this is a great opportunity to attract customers and find business partners. For tourists – a unique opportunity to enjoy an amazing atmosphere, and a new look for may already be familiar places, but through the prism of a glass of good wine.
Best wine festivals in the world.
1. Wine festival in Bandol (Provence).
Despite the cold weather (November-December), on the Cote d’azur again hundreds of people: Bandol invites you to a celebration honouring the young French wine. Bandol is the ideal place for growing grapes: a sufficient number of Sunny days and rainfall combined with a mild climate can produce vibrant and memorable wine. Tasting drink is completely free, it is enough to arm a special souvenir glass and manage to substitute it under a stream of wine, which is bottled directly from the barrels. After the tasting you can take part in street entertainment.
2. The festival of Jerez, Spain.
Spain in September is replete with a variety of festivals devoted to the grape harvest gathering, but the biggest and brightest festival of Jerez. The celebration takes place in Jerez de La Frontera – the home of the best sherry and dancing flamenco style. Three weeks is a river of wine, and some colorful performances are replaced by others. Here you can enjoy tasting many brands of Spanish sherry and marvel at the flamenco performed by various groups. The day ends with a magnificent procession, in which will be chosen Queen of the festival.
3. “Cellar door”, Australia.
About 30 wineries in the state of South Australia annually in January open the doors of their wineries and generously treated everyone your best wines. At the festival you can not only taste wine but also to participate in its manufacturing process, crush berries. The festival is a contest that determines the best drinks of Australia. “Cellar door” – superb scenery of Adelaide hills, live music and the best wines of Australia.
4. Madeira Wine Festival / Festa do Vinho da Madeira, Portugal.
Portuguese wine festival is considered one of the most colorful and vibrant celebrations of autumn. On the origin of the symbol of Madeira — the elixir that we call “Madera” — walks a lot of legends. The best known is the story of the merchant carrying his wine to the continent. Of the barrels do not fit in the hold and was left “languishing” under the burning rays of the sun. “To trouble” ship caught still and storm but to the surprise of the merchant, after these trials, the product not only deteriorated, but also acquired a unique taste. The end of summer is not a reason to be sad, in August Madeira wine festival begins and winemakers. Every corner of the city absorbed in the celebration: costumed show, a procession of winemakers, catchy music, exhibitions, fairs and rides, acquaintance with the history of winemaking in the region and the opportunity to participate in the process of making the drink of the gods. The wine cellar is ready to open its doors to visitors, and in the streets set wine-tasting tables.
5. Wine festival in Argentina.
Mendoza, the world – famous wine region of Argentina, and this is the greatest wine festival in the country. For more than 70 years for one week in March, the Argentine vineyards become a platform for the festivities. After the selection of the Queen of the festival starts, countless tastings, parades, contests and theatrical performances.
6. Wine festival in Limassol, Cyprus.
Since 1961, when the summer heat gradually receding, Cyprus Limassol kicks off a 10-day Wine Festival. Cyprus wine is still treated as a sacred drink, and the recipe of local wines are still kept secret. The entire holiday is filled with a national flavor: the accompaniment of bouzouki music, popular songs with clapping and dancing. From morning till evening everyone can taste dozens of the best Cypriot wines, and take part in the crush of the grapes.
7. The Jerusalem festival, Israel.
Every year in late July – early August in the Jerusalem wine festival is held, where the best drinks of Israel. Although winemaking craft of the country is now only at the dawn of its development (after many years of neglect in the 19th century ancient wine traditions again began to recover), at the festival you can enjoy dozens of different wine brands. Especially popular here are the kosher wines, which can enjoy religious Jews. The wine kosher wine are required to obey many rules, for example, every 7th year the berries are not collected.
8. Wine festival in Marlborough.
It is the biggest festival in New Zealand, which takes place in the outstanding wine region in the North-East of the South island. Every year the second weekend in February the door of the winery, Montana Brancott Estate open to all comers. Under the roof of this winery going about 50 representatives of various wineries that offer visitors to the festival more than 200 variations of the drink. Tasting accompanied by local food, live music, dancing and outstanding performances.
9. Sicilian Blues &Wine Soul Festival
Travel to Sicily – is always a memorable event: original flavor, which permeates every corner, incredible views and the beautiful Mediterranean. In late July, among the indisputable advantages of the region added the wine festival and the Blues. The celebration takes place on several sites of Sicily. In the list of the cultural program of concerts, acquaintance with the best wines of Sicily and Italy, tours to wineries and cellars. Over the years, the event can last from several weeks to a month.
10. International celebration of Pinot Noir in Oregon, USA.
The majority of tourists and wine experts focus their attention on the visits to wine celebrations of the Old world, quite needlessly dropping from the accounts of other representatives. Of course, the main wine-growing region of the United States is California, but Oregon, with its Pinot Noir, is steadily gaining popularity. International wine festival takes place in the middle of summer in the valley famous vineyards Willamette. Although the celebration only lasts three days, the organizers managed to fit into the program tasting in the local vineyards, culinary delights, seminars, excursions. Every year it attracts more and more visitors from all corners of the planet.
Most of the wine events held annually, so don’t worry if this year did not have time to enjoy the holiday, will catch up next season. Dates from year to year can change, often start trying to coincide with the weekends, and the start of prolonged celebrations “fixed” for a certain month or week (for example, the last week of October). Information about the date and scheduled events can be found on the official websites of the organizers. Hopefully, our calendar of wine festivals will help to plan for future journeys into the world of wine.