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. 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 a joyful event for wine enthusiasts and wine producers and we can’t wait to finally visit one in 2021! 

Here is a list of some wine festivals around the world that have (for now) been confirmed for 2021! 

Natural Born Wines (Italy)

21-23 June 2021, open all three days from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Villa Boschi – Isola della Scala (VR) 

Natural Born Wines is a festival that takes place near the city of Verona. Its aim is to create a space where organic and natural wine growers get the possibility to show their work and attract the interest of wine enthusiasts. Natural born wines are wines that are made entirely with grapes grown without pesticides or chemical products. 

You can get your ticket for this event starting from the 1st June 2021. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Griffith Vintage Festival (Australia)

3rd April 2021, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m

Griffith, NSW 

This year’s festival will be a bit different compared to the other years and the organizers have written down the major changes so people already know what to expect. The capacity of the event will be limited to better monitor social distancing and Covid-19 rules. The event will only last five hours, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m and it will be more like a picnic with people sitting at tables enjoying wine. 

Winter, Wine, and Words (South Africa)

7-9 August 2021 (dates are not yet confirmed), from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

The Elgin Railway Market 

2021 will be the second edition of the Elgin Winter Festival – Winter, Wine and Words and it will be entirely focused on celebrating local red wine, books, and delicious South African food. The Winter, Wine and Words Festival is going to be a welcoming and delightful event for all wine enthusiasts who want to get some warmth during the cold season. 

The Chardonnay Affair (New Zealand) 

28-30 May 2021, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

The Vines @ Bushmere Estate – 166 Main Road, Makaraka, Gisborne

The dress code is white to match the Chardonnay and the event is unmissable. The Chardonnay Affair is a long lunch where you will get a 5-course meal paired with 5 fine Chardonnays from the Gisborne wine region. Live music will be played throughout the lunch. The beautiful views of the vine rows and the gorgeous New Zealand nature will make this day even more unique. 

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 

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.