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Top Ten Wine Holidays in the World

A good wine is “the sun in a bottle”, it alone can create a festive mood every day …

However, winemakers and authorities in the traditional wine regions of different countries are not enough, they are interested in the influx of tourists, and therefore annually organize holidays and wine festivals. Here we will talk about the most interesting of them, which are annually held in places of wine production of the most famous brands.
“Bordeaux”. France, Bordeaux
It is believed that the best wine is made in France, and the most famous French wine is Bordeaux. Which is produced in the commune of Bordeaux in the south-west of the country. In a huge amount – 700 million bottles a year!

“Bordeaux”. France, Bordeaux

The wine festival in the city of Bordeaux, the administrative center of the commune, is held in even years in June, in 2018 the start is scheduled for June 14. The main part of the festival events takes place on the embankment of the Garonne River. Here, on a stretch of about two kilometers, lies the “Wine Route” – about two dozen large pavilions and tasting platforms representing the main Bordeaux brands known throughout the world – Cabernet Sauvignon, Medoc, Merlot, Cabernet franc and others. Having bought a “tasting” ticket for 20 euros, connoisseurs and those who consider themselves as such can get 14 glasses of the famous wine “for trial”!
Beaujolais Nouveau, France, Beaujou
Since 2018, the Beaujolais Nouveau young wine festival has received national status and is celebrated throughout France. And they began to celebrate it in the “wine” province of Burgundy in 1951, since then it has been celebrated annually on the third Thursday of November.

Beaujolais Nouveau, France, Beaujou

The traditional center of celebrations is the small town of Bozho in the south of the country. Late autumn was chosen for the Beaujolais Nouveau for a reason – at this time the young wine of a new crop is ripening. The celebration of God is preceded by an evening torchlight procession, and at exactly midnight, winemakers solemnly open their wine barrels installed on the main square.
“Feast of Sherry”, Spain, Jerez de la Frontera
The small town of Jerez de la Frontera in southern Spain is known worldwide for its famous fortified wine.

“Feast of Sherry”, Spain, Jerez de la Frontera

The “Sherry Festival”, which is held here every autumn (the exact date is set for each year separately), is not only a celebration of wine. These are equestrian competitions (the Royal Horsemanship School is located in the town), flamenco flame dance competitions, and many other cultural events. Although wine, of course, remains the main hero of the holiday, tourists can even crush grapes with their feet, as has been done in the production of wine in Spain for millennia.
Chianti Festival, Italy, Montespertoli
Chianti is the most famous Italian wine. The province of Tuscany is considered to be the birthplace of Chianti, although today Chianti is also produced in other regions of the country.

Chianti Festival, Italy, Montespertoli

The Chianti Festival is held annually in April or May in Montespertoli, a small town near Florence. The symbol of the festival is a big pot-bellied “branded” bottle of Chianti. An indispensable part of the holiday is a festive procession of local residents dressed in traditional costumes of Tuscan peasants of the early twentieth century. Interestingly, Chianti has another festival, the “Chianti Classic.” It is held in the fall in another Tuscan town, Greve in Chianti, and gathers connoisseurs of the classic version of the famous brand.
Moselle Wine Festival, Germany, Bernkastel-Kuus
Wine has been produced in the Moselle Valley for over 2000 years. Every year, at the end of August, in the town of Bernkastel-Kuus, the Moselle Wine Festival is held, lasting five days.

Moselle Wine Festival, Germany, Bernkastel-Kuus

Celebrations are held in the city center, next to the Wine Tavern. Tourists who are tired of abundant wine tastings, as well as an extensive concert program, the organizers offer a boat ride on the Moselle River and enjoy its picturesque banks with the most considered steep slopes in Europe.
Madeira Festival, Portugal, Madeira Island
Although Madeira has long been widely known throughout the world, including in Russia, the name of this wine is often pronounced incorrectly in Russian – “Madeira”. In fact, Madeira is Portugal’s largest island in the Atlantic Ocean. Since the 15th century, the Portuguese have been making unique wine here – grape juice is not aged in cellars, but under the hot tropical sun.

Madeira Festival, Portugal, Madeira Island Madeira Festival, Portugal, Madeira Island

Madeira Festival is held in the suburbs of the capital of the island, the city of Funchial, in late August – early September and is timed to the end of the grape harvest. In addition to Madeira, tastings of unique island cuisine are also held.
“White Wine Festival”, Israel, Herzliya
The “White Wine Festival” in the Israeli city of Herzliya is dedicated not only to white, but also to pink and sparkling wines.

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