The Top Five Wine Festivals in the World

Wine and festivals make a perfect pairing. Sunshine, beautiful scenery and fantastic wines are a great combination. Here are some of the best wine festivals from around the world, just waiting for you to arrive with glass in hand.

Colchagua Wine Festival, Chile

Every year the Colchagua Valley hosts a premier event to celebrate the harvest. The event takes place simultaneously in small towns throughout the valley, offering the best this particular micro-climate has to offer. The town of Santa Cruz serves as the festival’s center where local culture is on full display with games and activities deeply rooted in Chilean culture.

Cheltenham Wine Festival, UK

Historically, Cheltenham is a spa town, so take advantage of this relaxing coincidence on your next trip. The Pittville Pump Room hosts the festival with their selection of 300 wines from around the world. The grand tasting provides opportunity for discovery of great wines from the past and present.

Vineyard to Vintner, California

Come to Stags Leap Vineyard in Napa, California for a three-day festival devoted to the best this famous wine region has to offer. Both the vineyards and the estates are open during the event for private tours, food pairings, and barrel tastings. Each year an impressive array of vineyards is represented, bringing their best bottles to the tastings.

La Batella del Vina, Rioja

This festival is a departure from the staid offerings above. La batella del Vina, or the battle of wine, is an interactive event where festival attendees dress in white and throw wine at everyone and everything that crosses their path. The entire town of Haro participates in a tradition dating back more than 300 years. More party than festival, it is a can’t miss event in Spain.

These five festivals devoted to the celebration of wine are perfect outings for the bold and adventurous. Each provides an opportunity to learn more about wine while relaxing in a beautiful setting with family and friends.

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