If you’re in the Montecarlo area in May, this is typically the time for ViaVinaria, a late-spring festival celebrating local wine and seasonal products in a lively and familial setting. Sommeliers and experts from FISAR and AIS—two of Italy’s prominent gourmet and sommelier delegations—join in the festivities, producers fling open their doors to the public, and no-cost “wine busses” shuttle rosy-cheeked participants from winery to winery. A similar initiative, the long-running Festa del Vino, runs in late summer and early September.
The crisp arrival of November means it is prime time for lovers of Tuscany’s “green gold.” Montecarlo’s town center hosts a boisterous celebration early in the month of the just-harvested new olive oil (olio nuovo) and sweet new wine (vino novello), complemented by a mishmash of autumnal treats such as necci (a pancake-like chestnut sweet), bruschette with seasonal toppings and roasted chestnuts. For updates on future editions of all local festivals, check directly with the town hall offices.