The vendemmia – or grape harvest – is an important part of wine-making. They collectively tell the story and describe the nature of the landscape that involves both art and the territory.
Since 1993, the Movimento Turismo del Vino, the wine tourism portal that unites member wine cellars from all over Italy, has been organizing Cantine Aperte in the autumn.
In addition to this important manifestation, the association organizes different events during the year: Cantine Aperte in May, Calici di Stelle in August, Cantine Aperte for the Saint Martin’s Day in November, and Cantine Aperte during Christmas.
In September and October, the fragrance of grapes and must welcomes wine aficionados to the cellars of the Movimento Turismo del Vino. This is an excellent period for visiting vineyards, participating together with producers in the traditional harvesting of the grapes and the initial phases of the production process. There are numerous companies that organize special events, like stage shows, concerts, and art exhibition on the theme of wine.
If you love wine, you won’t want to miss this autumnal event, which runs until the 30th of October, from Northern to Southern Italy. You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding which cellars to visit and what shows to see. Study the program and plan your tour according to the Regions you prefer.
This year, twelve Regions are participating in this manifestation: Piedmont (from 3rd Sept. to 16th Oct.), Veneto (from 4th to 25th Sept.), Campania (from 10th Sept. to 30th Oct.), Abruzzi and Umbria (11th Sept.), Lombardy (11th, 18th, and 25th Sept. and 2nd Oct.), Tuscany (from 17th to 18th Sept.), Sardinia, Latium and Puglia (25th Sept.), Trentino Alto Adige (from 30th Sept. to 2nd Oct.) and Sicily (October).
Just decide on one of the many tours you will find on the program of participating wine cellars. The Turismo del Vino website offers all the practical information you need (dates, time, directions) and a list of the participating cantine.
The list of producers is complemented by indications of other local attractions in the vicinity of the cantine, including monuments, museums, and beaches, as well as information about typical local festivals and celebrations.
Movimento Turismo del Vino also organizes fund raising during the Cantine Aperte in Vendemmia event to help the victims of the earthquake in Central Italy. These fund-raising events will conclude in May. During all these events, part of the tasting proceeds will benefit the town of Amatrice.