The end of summer marks the beginning of the grape harvest. Countless festivals dedicated to wine are held in the most beautiful villages in Tuscany. Wine experts and amateur wine lovers will have a great time as they stroll through these towns, glass in hand, discovering the best of one of the region’s most esteemed products.
First two weeks in September
Renowned for its wine, this hilltop town hosts its Wine Festival every year, offering music, art exhibitions and wine tastings in throughout Montecarlo, specifically in piazza D'Armi and piazza Garibaldi. For more information, check out this website.
First weekend in September
During the first weekend in September, the historic centre of Pitigliano comes to life with thousands of people, music, shows and endless wine. The vineyards in this area produce one of the most renowned Italian white wines: Bianco di Pitigliano, among the first to boast the DOC appellation. For more information, check out this website.
First week in September
This is a great opportunity to taste the best Chianti Classico wine in the very area that bears its name. The Chianti Classico Expo offers visitors a full program of artistic and cultural events, as well as the chance to visit cellars and castles and taste the specialties of the Chianti area. For more information, check out this website.
Third weekend in September
During the third weekend in September, winemakers in Panzano in Chianti get together in piazza Bucciarelli to promote their best products. Vino al Vino is a good opportunity to taste different kinds of wines, visit a beautiful village and enjoy some music. For more information, check out this website.
Second weekend in September
The festival’s website says it best: “For locals, Festa delle Cantine is a chance to catch up with old friends in the name of tradition and free wine – a good enough reason to party on its own. For tourists, the festival is a chance to experience Manciano at its liveliest on a weekend when everything from the food to the music is authentic and inspiring.” For more information, check out this website.
End of September
Founded in 1926, the Grape Festival in Impruneta is one of the longest-running Italian festivals. Popular dances, performances, tastings of agricultural products and shows are held all day long. During the celebration, the town’s four neighbourhoods challenge each other to make the best float. For more information, check out this website.
Last weekend in September
For more than 30 years, Chiusi has been hosting its Grape Festival. The event offers a collection of road shows, concerts, parades of allegorical floats, guided tours and wine and food tastings at the many historical wineries and tasting points in town. For more information, check out this website.
Three days of events, games and races between Capoliveri’s rioni (neighbourhoods). This is a great opportunity to taste local wines and traditional dishes like stoccafisso all'elbana and schiaccia briaca. For more information, check out this website.