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Wine Events and Wine Festivals around the World

Discover wine events and festivals around the world
Discover wine events and festivals around the world

Wine Events and Wine Festivals around the World

Visiting wine festivals and events is pure pleasure for wine lovers. We did that on our own trips to Wine Regions in Europe, Australia or South Africa detected. We also learned that these wine festivals are very different. At the same time, we were curious about what wine events look like in other parts of the world. So we asked travel bloggers from all over the world what wine events they attended and what was special about it. An interesting collection of events came together. Maybe she will also tempt you to celebrate the wine with the winemakers.

But first, let's introduce you to the wine festivals we have visited in recent years.

Wine Princess, Landsknecht and Ratsherr press the first wine of the year - wine festivals and wine events
Wine Princess, Landsknecht and Ratsherr press the first wine of the year

Wine Events in Germany

Tradition at the Volkach Wine Festival

The town of Volkach is located at the Mainschleife in the middle of the Franconian wine region. The Volkach Wine Festival takes place every year in August. It is one of the wine festivals on the Main river. The old town then turns into a festival venue. Visitors can taste the wines of participating winemakers and enjoy local food specialties. The Volkach Councilor, the Landsknecht and the Wine Princesses squeeze the first grapes of the year. The event is accompanied by brass music and dance performances by local folk groups.

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The Schoppenstecher
The Schoppenstecher

Savor Wine at the Mainz Wine Market

The Mainzer wine market is completely different. This is one of the wine festivals that take place every year in the Rhine cities. Mainz we got to know as a city for wine lovers. Wine can be enjoyed there not only during the wine market. Numerous wine bars invite you to cozy hours in hospitable company all year round. There are also Mainz specialties such as Spunde Käs' or liver sausage. The Mainz wine market takes place on the last weekend in August and the first weekend in September. It is one of the wine festivals where the entire population of the city meets for a drink in the Volkspark. You listen to the music groups, stroll past the stands that offer Mainz delicacies or enjoy the evening with friends in the rose garden.

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Assmannshausen at the Rhine in Flames Wine Events in Germany
Assmannshausen near the Rhine in flames

Wine Picnic in Assmannshausen

I wouldn't rank it as a wine festival, but it's definitely a wine event: the Wine Picnic in Assmannshausen above the Rhine river. We experienced it at the festival, when the Rhine celebrates itself - during Rhine in Flames. Then the cities along the Rhine celebrate their river, but also the very special way of life that can be enjoyed in the wine regions along the river. While the festively illuminated ships pass below us on the Rhine, we experience a picnic in the vineyard, that we will not forget.

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Wine Festivals in Austria

Austria has many wine regions, that are worth a visit. We enjoyed wine and gourmet festivals in some of them.

The Genussmeile in Gumpoldskirchen

A wine event that we really like is the Gourmet Mile in Gumpoldskirchen on the edge of the Vienna Woods. Gumpoldskirchen is a municipality in the middle of the Thermenregion Wine Region. It takes place every year on the first two weekends in September. A walk along Vienna's first water pipe hiking trail from Bad Vöslau via Gumpoldskirchen to Mödling is a pleasurable experience that is second to none. During the festival wine lovers can hike through the vineyards and taste wine, storm (fresh wine) and must along the way. There are also regional specialties to taste at numerous stands.

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Long blackboard in Graz
Long blackboard in Graz

The Lange Meile in Graz - a Food & Wine Event

The Lange Meile in Graz is not a pure wine festival. It is an internationally known event, that attracts gourmets and wine lovers from all over the world to Graz. In the second half of August, the entire city center of Graz is transformed into a restaurant for connoisseurs. Then the best chefs in town boil up and serve Styrian specialties paired with excellent wines from Styria for guests from all over the world.

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Wine Festival in Hungary

We asked travel and food bloggers from all over the world which wine festivals and events they have experienced and can recommend. One of them takes place in Hungary.

Buda Castle - Photo by Sage Scott, the Everyday Walker
Buda Castle - Photo by Sage Scott, the Everyday Wanderer

The Budapest Wine Festival

Perched high above the Danube River, on grounds where kings and queens once strolled, sits the Buda Castle. Today the royal palace is a World Heritage site that contains the National Gallery and Budapest History Museum. But one weekend in early September, the lush grounds of Buda Castle are transformed into one of the best wine festivals in the world.

Under crisp tents, festival attendees can taste an amazing array of Hungarian wines. There are internationally known wines, like Egri Bikaver (better known as Bull’s Blood) and sweet dessert wines from Tokaj. But there are also new wines to discover, like my new favorite, Sauska wines, made from grapes grown in Villány. From the historical setting to the sweeping views to the delicious wines, the Budapest Wine Festival is definitely one wine festival you won’t want to miss!

Pro Tip: While you can meander through a beautiful, parklike setting to climb the hill to Buda Castle, the funicular is a fun way to ascend the hillside. (And you can always walk down after enjoying the Budapest Wine Festival.)

Wine Glass Holders at the Budapest Wine Festival - Photo by Sage Scott, the Everyday Wanderer
Wine Glass Holders at the Budapest Wine Festival - Photo by Sage Scott, the Everyday Wanderer

A tip from Everyday Wanderer

After growing up living all over the United States and Europe, Sage Scott writes her travel blog with a midlife traveler’s perspective from America’s Heartland. From Kansas City, the Midwestern city affectionately called the Paris of the Plains (and the undisputed Barbeque Capital of the World), Sage shares her experiences and provides helpful travel tips on her blog, Everyday Wanderer.

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Wine festivals in Franciacorta - Copyright Untold Morsels
Franciacorta - Copyright Untold Morsels

Wine Event in Italy

The Franciacorta Summer Festival

If you love sparkling wine, the Franciacorta Summer Festival is a celebration that should not be missed. The festival takes place over four months in the Franciacorta region of Lombardy, Italy, not far from the banks of beautiful Lake Iseo.

As befits a wine with DOCG status, the festival celebrates not only the wine but the terroir that produces it. Visitors can enjoy guided walks through the vineyards, photography workshops, tours of local historic landmarks and concerts as part of the festival. But of course the main attraction is the wine tasting and food pairing.

Franciacorta sparkling wine is produced with chardonnay and pinot blanc grapes with two fermentations in the bottle, much like champagne. It pairs perfectly with aperitif snacks and local lake fish. You can experience suggested pairings at one of many local restaurants that have created special menus for the festival.

Of course don’t miss visiting at least a few of the 117 family run wineries in the region. Guido Berlucchi is a great place to start. This is the vineyard credited with creating the first vintages of Franciacorta.

Franciacorta - Copyright Untold Morsels
Franciacorta - Copyright Untold Morsels

A Tip from Untold Morsels

Untold Morsels is a travel blog with food, family and culture in mind. Founder Katy Clarke has been traveling since she was a teenager and is passionate about uncovering new and exciting experiences in classic and lesser known destinations. She is always dreaming of Italy, its history, food and wine and recently started a new site - Untold Italy - dedicated to her favourite country.

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Vineyard in Spring Copyright Wanderlust on a Budget
Vineyard in Spring Copyright Wanderlust on a Budget

Wine Festivals in the United States

The Cayuga Lake Wine Trail on the Finger Lakes

Located in the heart of New York state, the Finger Lakes are home to the oldest wine trail in the United States. While small, the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail has some amazing wineries along with its history - and even better festivals to accompany them!

My favorite is the Wine & Herb Fest. Held over two separate weekends every spring, the Wine & Herb Fest is a mixture of wine, food, and plants! At each participating winery, you get to sample wine along with a signature dish created for the event. Each dish features a different herb or vegetable; after you sample,you get to take home a seedling of that plant to grow in your own garden.

With your ticket purchase, you’ll receive a festival wine glass along with a recipe book, so you can recreate the dishes once your plants have grown.

If you have more time to spend in the region, make the drive over to Seneca Lake, where you’ll find over 100 more wineries and breweries!

Sycamore White Copyright Wanderlust on a Budget
Sycamore White Copyright Wanderlust on a Budget

A tip from Wanderlust on a Budget

I'm lucky enough to live within an hour-drive from one of the best wine regions in the United States, the Finger Lakes. In Wanderlust on a budget Danielle tells about her travel experiences.

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The Bottlerock Wine Event in Napa Valley

BottleRock in Napa Valley is one of the most unique wine festivals because in the world it pairs delightful local pours with live music. Held annually over Memorial Day weekend, you can purchase a daily or weekend pass to peruse the performances, which have ranged from major pop headliners to 90’s throwback bands from your childhood.

But being that it’s held in California’s wine mecca, it’s the viticulture that steals the show. The wine garden has sips from 20 local vineyards with summertime favorites like Butter Chardonnay, Candy Dry Rosé, and Candy Frosé designed to beat the heat and keep you cool. On-site sommeliers are on-hand to help you find your new favorite sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, pinot noir, or cabernet to pair with sweet treats and chef-driven creations (seriously, what music festival has sushi?).

Sip and swirl as you watch culinary demos from powerhouse chefs like Gail Simmons and Padma Lakshmi and take in the sweet sound of the start of summer.

Lauren in Napa - Copyright The Down Lo
Lauren in Napa - Copyright The Down Lo

A Tip from The Down Lo

From becoming a certified viking in Iceland to blackwater rafting in New Zealand, Lo is here to introduce you to the weirdest and wackiest things you didn't even know you wanted on your bucket list. On a mission to see all 50 states and 50 countries by 50, she always seeks out the most offbeat adventures wherever she goes close to home and across the globe. You can find more about this at The Down Lo.

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Do you know other Wine Festivals and Wine Events?

There are many more wine festivals and wine events in Europe and the rest of the world. Which did you visit? Tell us about your wine festivals and wine experiences in the comments. We want to discover more.

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Source: own research and contributions by The Everyday Wanderer, Untold Morsels, Wanderlust on a Budget and The Down Lo.

Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
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Responses

  1. Ines & Thomas
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    Hello you two,
    it all looks great! We also like wine and wine festivals very much. Unfortunately we have not yet made it to the Long Table in Graz, although we live here, but it is certainly a great experience.
    Best regards
    Ines and Thomas

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      Dear Ines & Thomas,

      the long table inspired us. There were even gourmets from Australia. You only have to get the tickets early. They are sold out a year in advance.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  2. Travel Anne
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    Dear Ones,
    that's really a great collection of wine events worldwide. By the way, we have already been to the Napa Valley. We had a cool wine tasting at Lake Superior in Minnesota - no wine is expected there.
    Best regards from Sanne

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      Hello Sanne,

      the Napa Valley is really great. Even if the smaller family wineries are slowly disappearing there. As far as wine regions in other regions are concerned, we are always surprised when wine grows everywhere and it tastes good too.

      We discovered the most extreme region for viticulture so far in Québec. It has temperatures of -30 ° Celsius in winter. In such a climate, you normally don't expect wine at all. However, vines bred specifically for this climate are grown there. The cultivation methods are also adapted to these extreme temperatures. The University of Minnesota appears to be a leader in growing special vines for such climates. Therefore, I am not surprised that you have just discovered a wine region in Minnesota.

      Thank you for your nice comment.
      Best regards,
      Monika & Petar

  3. Gina | 2 on the go
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    The view from Assmannshausen on the Rhine at night is beautiful. We would have liked this wine picnic too.
    We on the Lower Rhine tend to have no wine festivals. Next spring we want to go to the Weinpirsch near Bingen. Friends told us about it. We are curious.

    Best regards
    Gina and Marcus

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      Hello everyone,

      Wine no longer grows on the Lower Rhine, or am I wrong. The Rhenish wine regions are further south. However, I would like to be instructed otherwise, because we don't know that well there.

      The Weinstirsch near Bingen sounds interesting. I'm already looking forward to your report.

      Best regards,
      Monika & Petar

  4. Auszeitgeniesser
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    Dear Ones,
    I have to confess, even though I have already experienced many wine tastings and have a lot to do with enjoyment, I unfortunately don't understand anything about wine.
    Or to put it another way, I can tell you whether I like a wine ;-) and that's where my knowledge ends :-)
    Nevertheless, I like wine and love to enjoy cozy parties.

    Best regards, Katja

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      Dear Katja,

      Wine is a fascinating topic if you take a closer look at it. We're not specialists either, but the more we learn about wine, the more exciting it becomes.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  5. Barbara / travel psycho
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    I am also a great lover of wine, so I have been to some wine festivals. The festivals of the European wine knighthood in Burgenland are really great (there are several at different locations). Southern Styria always turns into a vintage festival Eldorado in autumn - they are particularly large in Ehrenhausen and Gamlitz. And in Apulia I was once at Vini del Sud, where you can taste southern Italian wines. Oh yes, and in Graz the presentation of the Junker is always a very big spectacle! LG Barbara

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      Dear Barbara,

      these are great tips. Thanks for that We have been to Burgenland many times, but never to a wine festival. In southern Styria we know and love the wine route. We have been there twice and also in Ehrenhausen and Gamlitz. I have never heard of the Junker in Graz. We have always missed the wine festivals in these regions. Have you ever reported about it in your blog? I also imagine the wine festival in Puglia to be very exciting.

  6. Gabrielaaufreisen
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    Dear Monika, dear Petar,
    you went through a lot of wine festivals! I have been living in Breisgau for a while now, very close to the Kaiserstuhl. A wine festival takes place here in practically every small or large town in late summer.
    Best regards
    Gabriela

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      Hello Gabriela,

      are there any reports on your blog? We are very interested in the wine festivals.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  7. Dear Monika, your contribution really makes you want to visit one or the other event. The wine picnic at Assmannshausen is really super nice. Here in Baden Württemberg there are also a number of events, for example the Ortenau Wine Festival in Offenburg. This takes several days and takes place in the old town of the beautiful city in the Black Forest.
    Kind regards, Dagmar

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      Dear Dagmar,

      we also really enjoyed the wine picnic. The wine festival in Ortenau sounds interesting. We'll remember that.

      Best regards,
      Monika

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