2021 wasn’t off to a good start but in these tough, challenging and unsure times, we want to give you a little hope for the future and present to you the wine festivals that have been planned for this year. Like all of us, organizers of wine festivals are trying to be positive and not lose hope that everything is going to be okay soon. That’s why several wine festivals already have dates and programs for 2021 and, of course, hope to see many of you soon! 

Wine festivals abound and almost every wine region around the world has its own one. In one way or another, wine festivals are always connected with local traditions, music, gastronomy, and of course with wine. A festival might be dedicated to local wineries, one or more unique wines produced in the area, a single grape variety, autochthonous grapes, or it can be a big festival showcasing all the wine production of a region or a country. Big or small, wine festivals are always joyful events for wine enthusiasts and wine producers. So prepare your calendar and mark important and interesting festival dates in it.

Below we have compiled a list of some of the world’s wine festivals that have been confirmed for 2021!

Wine Festivals in France

Vinum, le salon des vins du Terroir de Sommières (France)

5 july – 30 august, 2021

Sommières, Languedoc-Roussillon

The festival is for those who appreciate fine and great Languedoc wines. The Sommières wine fair will take place all day in the picturesque medieval village of Sommières, just outside of Montpellier. This gastronomic festive day will feature local markets, local craft booths, regional wine tastings, food trucks, and tasting sessions.

Le Marathon des Chateaux du Médoc (France)

11th September 2021

Pauillac, Nouvelle-Aquitaine 

If you want to take part in the marathon around the castles of Médoc, be sure to come all dressed up! The theme this year is “The Castle of Médoc Marathon does its Cinema!”. Costumes will be unveiled before the start of the marathon at 9.30 p.m. and will consist of a route with 22 provision stations, 20 run-friendly wine tastings, and several tasting points. After the marathon, the day will continue in between animations, live music, wine tastings and food tastings and it will end with fireworks. 

Marche Gourmande en Champagne (France)

October 9, 2021

Champagne 

A 9-kilometer trail that winds through vineyards, streams, and forests. This year, you’ll walk between Festigny and Nesle-Le-Repon along the roadways. The valley’s champagne will be sampled at six gastronomic stages (aperitif, entrance, Champenois hole, dish, cheese, and dessert) located along the route.

You’ll be accompanied by a glass and a “gourmet passport” that will lead you through your journey and introduce you to winemakers and champagne producers along the way.

Wine Festivals in Italy

Expo Chianti Wine (Italy)

September 10-12, 2021

Greve, Chianti

Expo Chianti Classico is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn about Chianti Classico wine in its natural habitat.

The festival, which is organized by the municipality of Greve in Chianti, is the only one that brings producers from all of Chianti Classico’s municipalities to the square. The importance of a big territory’s unity is highlighted in this way.

The event has changed names and locations since the 1970s, first as a Market Exhibition, then as a Review and Expo, but it is still without a doubt the most important event for understanding Chianti wine.

Greve in Chianti provides its visitors a rich schedule of artistic and cultural events, events relating to the rural world, close interactions with the winemakers, and visits to their cellars and vineyards on the days of the event.

Bardolino Wine Festival 2021(Italy)

September 30, 2021 – Sunday, October 3, 2021d

Lakeside, Bardolino, Italy

The “Festa dell’Uva e del Vino” (Grape and Wine Festival) in Bardolino has a long history. The yearly grape harvest and accompanying winemaking of Bardolino wine, one of Lake Garda’s most popular wines, mark the ideal time to hold the town’s most important celebration.

Wine tastings and regional cuisine attract wine aficionados and experts, who have the opportunity to attend wine-related events, conferences, and meetings. Additionally, exhibitions and performances provide additional entertainment for everyone.

The event’s details are susceptible to change due to the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19). Before making any travel arrangements, we strongly advise you to verify with the organizers.

Festa dell’Uva, Impruneta (Italy)

September 26, 2021

Greve in Chianti

Impruneta Festa dell’Uva (Grape Festival) is undoubtedly Impruneta’s most popular annual event, both among locals and visitors. It has lost some of its original rustic traits over time, but its core popular nature has persisted. The allegorical carts constructed by the four districts of Impruneta: Fornaci, Pall, Sant’Antonio, and Sante Marie, are the most powerful part of the parade, which normally begins at 3.30 p.m. Popular dances, performances, agricultural product tastings, and displays of local handicraft products are held throughout the festival’s day.

Golosaria Monferrato (Italy)

September  11-12, 2021 

Barolo 

The fair featured the best of Golosario, including artists, entrepreneurs, wineries, and well-known Italian chefs and wines.

Wine Festivals in Germany

Deutsches Weinlesefest in Neustadt (Germany)

October 1 – 11, 2021 

Neustadt

Every October, people flock to the little town of Neustadt for this 100-year-old wine festival. The greatest wine festival parade culminates in fireworks, making it one of the hallmarks of the German wine season. There is also a theme park with thrilling rides (not recommended for those who are deeply immersed into their wine “sampling”).

While commoners gather in the wine stores, royals attend the festivities as well. Over 70 Wine Queens have attended this event, as well as 100 other “Royals” from the Rhine-Neckar region.

Mainz Wine Festival (Germany)

26-29 August and 2-5 September 2021

Mainz City Park 

Mainz is the biggest city in the Mosel wine region and every year since 1932, it hosts the amazing “Mainzer Wein Markt” in the city park. The area is filled with about 100 stalls where you can get fine German wine and local food. The festival only missed one year, 2020, but organizers are positive that it will be back in 2021 with all the safety regulations to avoid the spreading of Covid-19. 

Wine Festivals in USA

California Wine Festival (USA) 

California Wine Festival hosts a series of wine festivals around the Golden State. Enjoy California’s finest vintages, gourmet meals, and appetizers, dance to the sound of live music, and enjoy an unforgettable experience under the Californian sun at one of these festivals. 

  • California Wine Festival @ Dana Point – 27-28 August 2021 
  • California Wine Festival @ Santa Barbara – 24-25 September 2021
  • California Wine Festival @ Huntington Beach – 5-6 November 2021 

Carlton Crush Harvest Fest (USA)

September 2021

Oregon

In the month of September, Carlton hosts a harvest festival. Although it focuses on wine, there are plenty of activities for the entire family, including grape crushing, gastronomy, music, a pie-eating contest, yoga, and, of course, wine tasting.

Oregon Wine Experience(USA)

August 23-29, 2021

Oregon

The Oregon Wine Experience is one of the most popular wine and culinary events in the country, with all proceeds going to charity. This unique experience, located in historic Jacksonville, Oregon, highlights the state’s exceptional wines, as well as mouthwatering culinary delights that are only available in Oregon.

Immerse yourself in Oregon’s magnificent scenery and learn why this once-in-a-lifetime experience is a must-do for any wine and cuisine fan.

Wine Festivals in Portugal

Madeira Wine Festival (Portugal)

29th August to 12th September 2021

Funchal and Estreito de Câmara de Lobo

The Madeira Wine Festival takes place during the harvesting season and is one of the island’s major tourist attractions. Many people are attracted by the history of viticulture and the wine production in Madeira and decide to visit the festival to celebrate the traditions of the island. The festival culminates on the 11th of September when the celebrations are located in Estreito de Câmara de Lobo for the Wine Harvesting Festival. 

Wine Festivals in Australia

South Coast Food and Wine Festival (Australia)

Friday 15 October 2021 to Saturday 16 October 2021

Hawke Street Huskisson NSW 2540 Australia

The South Coast Food and Wine Festival, which will be held on one of Jervis Bay’s stunning White Sands Beaches, will be the ideal opportunity to experience the Jervis Bay beach life with wonderful food from award-winning chefs, exquisite quality wines, and more.

If you haven’t been to Jervis Bay before, now is the time to do so and explore, participate, and immerse yourself in the coastal way of living.

Sculpture @Shaw September (Australia)

4 September to 19 September 10 am

Murrumbateman

Wine and art are both storytellers who tell incredible tales. 

Sculpture@Show is a celebration of sculpture in the midst of a rural location. The event will exhibit works by well-known and local artists across Shaw Wines’ estate. Between September 4 until September 19, 2021, the event will last two weeks. Shaw Wines’ beautiful landscape makes for a great background for a selection of sculptures. 

With fine selected wine, food, and helicopter rides, the weekend will be a great family day for everyone. This event is also dog-friendly, with attendees permitted to walk their dogs on a leash.

Wine Festivals in New Zealand

Toast Martinborough (New Zealand) 

21 November 2021, from 9.30 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

The Martinborough Town Village & Surrounding Vineyards, Martinborough 

Like 99% of the wine festivals in 2020, Toast Martinborough had to be rescheduled for 2021. Toast Martinborough takes place in the gorgeous village of Martinborough, 90 minutes from Wellington – the capital city in New Zealand, and once you have your ticket, just hop on a shuttle and start visiting the wineries that take part in the event. Dress fancy and be sure to post a picture using the hashtag, #fashionfindsinthevines and you might win the Supreme Style Award! 

Give your year a twist and book your place to one of these events to live a joyful day sipping amazing wines, tasting gourmet local food, and enjoying the landscape of the wine region. 

Beware: none of the dates reported in this article are written in stone, the situation can, unfortunately, always change and it can affect the organisation of these events.