Spring is in the air! The sun is finally peeking through the clouds and it’s a little taste of the summer that’s soon to come. I don’t think it’s just me – but something about the warmer weather makes me want to get out and travel somewhere I’ve never been before.
It’s obvious I’m a wine fan. In fact, I think the wine a location has to offer is one of the top reasons to travel to a specific country. This is why I love wine festivals because they combine a few of my favourite things: wine and travelling!
I’ve put together a list of some of the best global wine festivals, in my opinion, and what to expect.
1. RAW – London, UK
We’ve just missed this festival for the year, which happens every March, but this list wouldn’t be a list without mentioning RAW. And besides, there’s always next year!
RAW is the brainchild of the Master of Wine Isabelle Legeron. This artisan wine fair seeks to celebrate “wines with emotion” and small wine producers that make fine wine using natural farming techniques and low-intervention vinification processes.
These wines are either hailed as wonderful or overhyped, but let your taste buds judge while nibbling bites from London’s best chefs.
2. Pebble Beach Food and Wine – California, U.S
The Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival turns this Californian town into a magnet for the world’s top makers and drinkers of fine wine. The 4-day festival, coming up at the end of April, offers delicious food, wine, and crash-courses to learn more about your favourites.
As you can imagine, the main focus at the festival is on Sauvignon Blanc and Assyrtiko. There is also a Grand Tasting that brings together over 300 different wines from 30 different producers. There’s a reason why California white is so popular and I highly recommend checking out this festival.
3. La Nuit en Rosé – New York City, U.S
There is something about a glass of rosé that is just so inviting. La Nuit en Rosé in NYC is the first-ever food and wine festival dedicated entirely to pink bubbly and has now extended to Miami and Los Angeles.
The festival, set for May 18th-20th of 2017, is a mirage of food, wine, fashion, and entertainment. The festival aims to showcase the delicious versatility and diversity of summer’s favourite drink, while offing guests a truly unforgettable experience.
If you're like me and love the water – then you’ll love the NYC version of this festival, which takes place on a yacht on the Hudson River!
4. Wine Fight – Haro, Spain
The Wine Fight Festival celebrates the delicious and famous wines of Spain – a country that has cultivated grapes for over 4,000 years. Spanish wine is celebrated globally and is considered to be one of the best wine values in the world, but this festival takes the celebration to a different level.
Each year at the end of June, thousands of thirsty locals and tourists climb a mountain in La Rioja, Spain and throw wine all over each other.
Despite getting a little messy, it's a great festival and Spain itself is a beautiful country to explore. Spending a summer weekend there is never a bad idea.
Putting this list together has certainly given me some travel ideas. Which wine festivals are you thinking about going to this year? Comment and let me know. Cheers!
Giles Cadman is Chairman of The Cadman Capital Group, a group of cohesive, complementary companies, operating in the international trade, retail, leisure, and investment markets. Learn more about Giles.