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 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.
Experience the wine festival in Volkach
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.
Experience the wine market in Mainz
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.
Enjoy the wine region around Assmannshausen
- Experience magical five-course gourmet candlelight dinner * in the vineyard in the UNESCO World Heritage region around Assmannshausen with pickup in a luxury limousine.
- Stay in Rudesheim * and enjoy your wine picnic in the vineyards.
- Explore Rhineland Palatinate on your own with these Rhineland Palatinate Travel Guides *.
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.
Experience the Genussmeile in Gumpoldskirchen
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.
Experience the Lange Tafel in Graz
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.
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.)
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.
Experience wine and cuisine in Budapest
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.
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.
Discover wine and cuisine in Franciacorta
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!
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.
Experience the wine region at the Finger Lakes
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.
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.
Discover the wine region in the Napa Valley
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.
Source: own research and contributions by The Everyday Wanderer, Untold Morsels, Wanderlust on a Budget and The Down Lo.
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