What’s happening in the vineyard?
In the Northern Hemisphere, the young berries are starting to change colour and get bigger and softer. During this stage, the wine-grower needs to carefully look after his vines so that their flesh, tannins and flavour develop. Water is essential, and the newborn grapes also need to be protected from parasites and from the sun so that they don't get sunburnt.
On the other hand, vignerons from the Southern Hemisphere can relax with a bottle of wine for another month and contemplate their dormant vines (lucky them!).
What events are happening in July?
Lyon – Every Wednesdays from June 2 to August 6, 2015 – Wine & Transat
How to better start summer than on a barge with a glass of Crozes Hermitage and a few tapas? Twenty-five of the best vignerons from the Cotes du Rhone are welcoming you every Wednesday from 6.30pm for a glass of Syrah, Marsanne or Roussanne. Tastings, food and wine pairing workshops and quizzes are organised, as well as a “top sommelier” contest. And because there is nothing like a French apero without food, a local chef will be serving tapas.
Now, doesn't it sound heavenly like summer?
Dijon – July 10-11, 2015 – Oeno Music Festival
A glass of Chablis and music, is that really possible? The Oena festival in Dijon offers you two days of exquisite music and great Burgundy wines. And what's more, free camping is also provided!
Provence – July 1 to August 31, 2015 – Fêtes de la Lavande
What is a summer in Provence without the noise of the crickets and its landscape of lavender fields? The French will be celebrating the flowering period of lavender from July to August everywhere in Provence. My personal favourite: le Plateau du Valensole. No words to describe the beauty of this place, I shall let the picture speak for itself.
Cotes du Rhone – July 4, 2015 – Open Day at the Domaine des Gravennes
The Domaine des Gravennes opens its doors to the public for one whole day for you to visit their cellar and their vineyard (and of course to try their wines!). A big diner will be served on site with live jazz and rock.
Monforte d'Alba, Langhe – July 25, 2015 – Barolo Night
This is a unique evening spent in breathtaking scenery in the small historic town of Monforte d'Alba. Dinner will be served with Barolo of La Morra and, as if the food/wine/scenery combo was not enough to make this evening unforgettable, a live jazz band will play throughout the evening.
Montalcino, Tuscany – July 14-19, 2015 – Jazz & Wine
This event is made for wine and jazz lovers. The “Jazz & Wine” festival in Montalcino pulls together some of the greatest Italian and international jazz performers for a live concert in the heart of the XIV century fortress. Enjoy with a glass of the famous Brunello di Montalcino (a dark, fruity, leathery red with a velvety texture, amazing!). And why not take the opportunity to visit the Chianti region with all its hidden gems and wineries? The famous Palio is taking place in July in Siena, too!
Florence – July 23-28, 2015 – Florence Dance Festival
The Florence Dance Festival has been livening up the heart of the city (and of the Italiani) for more than 25 years. This year the summer festival will be once again welcoming the most prestigious Italian and international dance companies for an extraordinary show at the Museo del Bargello. Another reason to visit this astonishingly breathtaking city.
London – Every Friday-Saturday until September 2015 – Street Feast
When fifty of London's best street food heroes get together in one single place you are sure to spend an unforgettable evening. Don't forget to get a glass of wine (or 2) at Street Vin; they offer a large selection of reds, whites and roses from great producers from around the world. If you can't decide on what to get, try a glass of their English sparkling from Kent, it’s delicious. And what's even greater is that children are welcome!
Dubrovnik – July 10-August 25, 2015 – Summer Festival
For a bit more than a month, Dubrovnik will be at the heart of one of the greatest culture events of Croatia. Live music, theater performances, dance shows and film screenings will be animating the city's churches, fortresses, squares and streets. Be sure to join the locals for a glass of Matosevic (a delicious barrel-aged dry white wine with hints of toast and butter).
Dafnes, Crete– July 4-12, 2015 – Wine Festival
This wine festival has brought joy and festivity to Dafnes since 1976. You will be able to taste local wine and specialities at the sound of live Cretan bands.
Santa Barbara, California – July 16-18, 2015 – California Wine Festival
Californian wines while feasting on gourmet appetizers. What more to ask for? The California Wine Festival is one the the largest outdoor wine festival in the State.
Napa Valley, California – July 15-25, 2015 – Festival del Sole
The festival del Sole is one of America's premier music and lifestyle festivals. For its 10th anniversary, the festival will blend music, theater and dance with Napa's finest wine and food.
Johannesburg – July 23-26, 2015 – The Good Food and Wine Show
To all the MasterChef addicted: the Good Food and Wine Show is made for you! The world's most inspiring chefs (John Torode, Adriano Zumbo, Brent Owens, all winners of MasterChef, just to name a few) will be cooking their best dishes for you to savour. You will find a great selection of international wines there, too. This is an amazing food and wine adventure.
Franschhoek – July 11-12, 2015 – Bastille Festival
The Franschhoek Bastille Festival is all about food and wine, while celebrating centuries-old French Huguenot heritage. Franschhoek's award winning wine estates will be offering some of their finest wines for you to taste and to accompany the chef's buffet. You will also find a Farmer's market and loads of different activities for the whole family.
Adelaide – July 14-16, 2015 – WineTech
WineTech is the premier wine industry supplier trade show. The latest innovations in grape growing and winemaking techniques, packaging, marketing, sales, e-business, equipment and sales are being showcased. So, whether you are part of the wine industry or a technology enthusiast, you can not miss this event!