September through to mid October is grape harvest time and is a
fascinating time to visit to see the grapes being harvested in the
vineyards - many still by hand.
Italians are very superstitious and before the harvest begins there are
festivals to welcome the harvest and pray for a good year. For
visitors, it is a great time to join in and experience close up a local
festival and of course also sample some of the locally produced wine.
The main Chianti Classico wine festival is an event not to be missed! From 5 - 8 September this grand wine festival is held in the main square of Greve in Chianti - Piazza Matteotti. The
principal is that you buy a glass at the entrance and then you are
allowed to sample away! Ticket prices in 2012 were just 10 Euro's. The
event opens at 5pm on Thursday 5 September and during the following
days you can sample to your hearts delight from 11am - 8pm.
Click here for the program
If you are planning an afternoon or evening of drinking at the festival, you may want to organise a taxi ride home afterwards; click here for contacts:
you would like some expert help with purchasing some exquisite wines,
Paola Pavan is a personal wine shopper and she would be very
happy to advise you. Click here for more details:
you dont manage to catch one of the many festivals around, try to make
sure you visit one of the castle wine estates and book a wine tasting
tour. Most also have a restaurant on site to extend your day. Click here for details: