With tastings, tours and traditions - plan your next holiday around one of these wine festivals...
Wine festivals guide for 2016
La Cata del Barrio de la Estación, Haro, Rioja, Spain – 17th September 2016
This is the second year of the La Cata del Barrio del la Estación (Haro Station District wine tasting festival). Set in 19th century stone and wooden buildings around the Haro Railway Station, with the district completely pedestrianized for the occasion.
Visitors can enjoy a tasting of 14 Rioja wines and local tapas delicacies with their ticket, as well as live music and a programme of activities in the wineries.
Vineyards of Hampshire wine festival, Hampshire, United Kingdom – 17th July 2016
This year’s Vineyards of Hampshire festival is to be held at Hattingley Valley vineyard, where visitors can enjoy samples of some of Hampshire’s finest English sparkling wines.
Meet the winemakers themselves, enjoy local Hampshire produce and have a tour of the Hattingley Valley winery, learning about the production of English sparkling wine.
Producers showcasing at the festival are from the Vineyards of Hampshire group – Jenkyn Place, Meonhill, Exton Park, Hambledon, Cottonworth, Danebury and Hattingley Valley Vineyards.
California Wine Festival, Santa Barbara, CA – July 13 – 16th 2016
One of California’s largest outdoor wine festivals, this is the 13th year of the California Wine Festival, which was TripAdvisor’s 2014 Food & Wine Festival of the Year. Over 70 wineries participate in the festival at the beachside location, showcasing their wines to consumers, as well as fine dining and gourmet food. There are also tickets available for special seminars and exclusive tastings.
Battle of Wine, Haro, Rioja, Spain – 29th June 2016
As part of the celebrations for St Peter’s Day, the Battle of Wine Festival happens in Haro, Rioja, every year. Participants dressed in white clothing throw red wine at each other from bottles, jugs and even water pistols.
‘La Batalla del Vino’ starts with traditions that have existed for three centuries, including a procession with the town mayor, and a pilgrimage to the Hermitage of San Felices de Bilibio, the patron saint of Haro. It is also an opportunity to enjoy the local delicacies, such as chorizo and morcilla sausages.
Bordeaux Wine Festival, Bordeaux, France – 23rd – 26th June 2016
The Bordeaux Wine Festival, celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2016, is a four day-long event dedicated to the wines of Bordeaux and Aquitaine. As part of the festival, there is a 2km ‘wine route’ running along the river, with tasting pavilions showcasing wines from the region, as well as ‘discovery pavilions’ of Bordeaux tourist attractions. The Bordeaux Wine School also runs workshops. Book here.
Wine Cellar open day, Ahr, Germany – 16th April 2016
The Ahr region in Germany, known for producing Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) wines, holds a Wine Cellar open day every April, where participating producers open their doors and share their insights of the winemaking process, from vine to bottle. Over 15 producers of all sizes are taking part in the event, organising tours and tastings at their wineries.
Fiesta de la Vendimia, Casablanca, Chile – 4th – 6th April 2016
Celebrate the wine harvest in Chile at the Fiesta de la Vendimia, in Casablanca. A collection of wineries will participate, offering the chance to taste their Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Syrah, at a festival held in the main square of the town, along with local culinary delicacies and barefoot grape crushing.
Niagara Icewine Festival, January 15th – 31st 2016
This year will be the 21st Niagara Icewine Festival, where over 40 wineries participate in a series of events celebrating Ontario Icewine. Enjoy winery tours and the Icewine market, where you can enjoy a Cabernet Franc Icewine Hot Chocolate. There are also Icewine brunches, dinners and parties with special guests, as well as Canadian wine and cheese seminars. Book here.