September is undoubtedly one of the best times to visit Tuscany: the colors of nature, the sweetness of autumn products and the decidedly pleasant climate provide the perfect setting for the many events dedicated to grapes and wine.
The Grape Festival in Impruneta
The Grape Festival in Impruneta, the village in the hills of Florence also famous for its terracotta, has been celebrating peasant traditions with this event since 1928.
Throughout the month of September - and until mid-October - a series of events take place in the historic town center: a parade of large floats with shows and folk dances, as well as tastings, an exhibition market of wine and typical local products, art exhibitions and events in the town's museums.
In the hills of the Lucchesia region we find the MontecarloWine Festival: a charming village that every year in September comes alive with stands of wine producers, tastings where to sample typical dishes such as spelt, artisanal pasta, Garfagnana trout and even fish from the coast. There are also numerous exhibitions in the palaces of the historic town center.
Every second weekend in September in Manciano, a true journey into taste to discover local wines to try along with traditional dishes such as the ciaffagnoni - tasty crepes topped with pecorino cheese - wild boar or the acquacotta.
Don't miss the horseback torchlight procession that opens the event.
The Grape Festival in Scansano - a Tuscan town famous for the Morellino wine - invites us to learn about local traditions through wine, typical products and a craft market. It begins on the second weekend of September with open wineries and continues the following week with many events in the historic town center.
In the more classic Tuscan countryside, we find the historic Expo del Chianti Classico held every year in mid-September in Greve in Chianti: tastings of wine, olive oil, cured meats, cheeses and other typical products, as well as many artistic and cultural events, are scheduled.
In Panzano in Chianti to taste old and new vintages of Chianti Classico and all the IGTs produced by local wineries.
The short route inside the main square of the village becomes an experience to be lived step by step: a real journey among the different food and wine realities in which producers tell their stories proposing their history and philosophy in a unique context. Vino al Vino is held every year during the month of September.
Grand finale with the Grape Festival and the Grape Harvest of Capoliveri held on the first weekend of October - a special opportunity to visit the island of Elba outside the tourist season.
The town's districts compete in games related to the peasant tradition of the grape harvest and the crushing of grapes. You can also taste wines of the isle of Elba and specialties such as the Schiaccia Briaca, made with Aleatico and dried fruit.