What’s happening in the vineyard?
The harvest season has started last August in the Northern Hemisphere, but the best is yet to come! October is the last month of this year’s peak harvest time, and it is indisputably the most beautiful period of the year. This season makes its mark on the wine-growing landscape. Vineyards look radiant as they shed the greens of warmer months for colourful yellows, red and burnt oranges of autumn. Harvest season is so stunning and it deserves to be seen - check our weekly competition throughout October of the best harvest photos and vote for your favourite.
How can we classify the grape harvest season?
Early harvest: July to early August - Typically grapes destined for sparkling wines as the acidity of the slightly unripe grapes, is the responsible of the pleasant freshness that we love in some sparkling wines.
Peak harvest: Late August to Early October - The majority of wines from the North Hemisphere harvest during this period, it is bustling with activity everywhere from the vineyard to the wineries. Typically starts with white wine grapes and end with red wine grapes.
Late harvest: Late October to December - The sugar concentration is higher so these grapes are usually used to produce special dessert wines such as the prestigious Sauternes and the Ice Wine.
We are still in the peak season, during this month harvest will take place in some of our favourite wine regions in the Northern Hemisphere. Food and wine festivals around the world focusing on the excitement of the annual grape harvest keep the tradition in full bloom.
If you are a wine lover, you will love to watch the grapes being picked in the fields, from a cosy spot to take in the view over a delicious glass of wine, or why not experiencing it in first person picking the grapes yourself with your family and friends? There’s no better time to visit your favourite wine region!
Here is a list of what’s happening around the world in this exciting month.
What events are happening in October?
Santiago de Chile - Gran Feria Vinos de Chile - 30th September – 2nd October
With over 100 stands, you will indulge with the best of the Chilean eno-gastronomy. Wine tastings guided by renowned master sommeliers and cooking classes are some of the highlights of the programme. If you like spirits, don’t forget to try the traditional Pisco.
See more at: http://www.feriadevinos.cl/
Okanagan Valley - Fall Okanagan Wine Festival - 1st -11th October
A 10 day grape-harvest festival that takes place across the Okanagan Valley with a reputation for the superb wine experience it creates. It has great vineyard tours, seminars and advice on food pairing from professional local chefs. Don’t miss a lunch among the vines!
Santa Rosa, California - Sonoma County Harvest Fair - 2nd - 4th October
Celebrate Wine Country harvest time with wine tasting and food pairings at the annual Sonoma County Harvest Fair. This weekend festival features vintages from more than 150 wineries, craft beer and cider tasting, food pairings, chef demonstrations, seminars by wines experts, and much more.
See more at: http://www.harvestfair.org/
Healdsburg, California - Pinot on the River - 25th October
Join Pinot on the River for a fun filled weekend of Pinot Noir, in the beautiful Russian River Valley town of Healdsburg. With over 100 wineries plus guest Artisan Food Vendors all on the downtown Healdsburg Plaza Square, it's a Sonoma County wine weekend you won't want to miss.
See more at: http://www.pinotfestival.com/
Chisinau - National Wine Day Festival – 3rd – 4th October
This festival is an old tradition of Moldova when the fermentation of the new wine ends. A big celebration is organized, gathering all friends and family members at one table. The typical Moldovan food, its great wines, and traditional music, will make you feel the antique atmosphere or rural Moldova. This year Moldova is organising a different kind of festival, by taking tourists to the winery where you will be wined and dined in abundance. Transportation is free and the winemakers will be welcoming you in their cellars weekend.
See more at: Wine of Moldova
Tokaj - Tokaj Harvest Days - 5th -7th October
Processions, traditional garments, music and off course wine! The Hungarian town of Tokaj will celebrate its Harvest Days. The weekend’s programme include wine tastings, a market along the main street, and traditional music, as popular Hungarian bands will take the stage. You can’t miss it!
See more at: www.funzine.hu/events/tokaj-hegyalja-harvest-days
London – The Chelsea Wine Show 16th – 18th October
The Chelsea Old Town Hall on the Kings Road will be the stage of this stunning Wine Show, which will showcase over 500 award-winning wines from around the globe. The show embraces 3 halls; a central hall which will be dedicated to prestigious winemakers, allowing you to taste your way through leading Champagne houses and more special wines. The second hall will be dedicated to the Global Masters competition series, featuring a selection of international award-winning wines. While the final hall is dedicated to cutting-edge masterclasses on wines and spirits from Champagne to Cognac.
Get 25% off tickets with the promocode: ‘winerist’
See more at: http://thewineshowchelsea.com/
Alsace - Fete du Vin Nouveau – 3rd-4th October
On the route to Eguisheim in the north you will enjoy the village’s Wine Harvest Festival with its Queen election, its charming market, its concerts & traditional processions. Each day of the festival, new wine and grands crus are offered for paired with traditional food.
Paris - Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre - 7th – 11th October
In the stunning city of Paris, every year all of Montmartre celebrates its traditional grape harvest festival in the animated streets of this picturesque district, is a joyous and convivial celebration that includes fireworks, guided visits to Montmartre’s vineyard, wine auctions, wine and food tastings and much more.
Rhone Valley - Vendanges de l'Histoire - 12th-13th October
A wonderful opportunity to return to old times. At the heart of the Côte du Rhône Gard, the small village of Chusclan plunges a weekend in the winemaking tradition of the early century. You will be part of the party atmosphere in the streets that will be invaded by Cote du Rhone wine lovers.
See more: http://www.fetevigneronnechusclan.com
Alba, Piedmont – International Alba White Truffle Fair - 10th October – 15th November
The powerful, distinctive and irresistible white truffle aroma will be everywhere in this Piedmont’s charming town, and it will not be hard to find a dish of delicious pasta or risotto featuring the honoured mushroom, the dream of every gourmet food lover. Alba is not only home of our beloved white truffle but is also home of the famous Nutella, Dolcetto d’Alba wine and more delicatessen. You can’t miss this experience as Alba’s truffle season is just few days per year!
See more at: http://www.fieradeltartufo.org/