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Grape Harvests

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We all appreciate a good glass of wine, but would we appreciate it more if we had to work for it or fully understood the care and attention that went into looking after the vines and the humble grapes as they grow and are processed? We wouldn’t recommend a working holiday at a vineyard as that wouldn’t be much of a holiday at all but a stay in a luxury villa with or nearby to a vineyard could make you appreciate your favourite tipple that little bit more.

The best time to visit is in late September to early October. The harvesting starts in October in Provence and Tuscany and is dependent on the weather, the better the summer, the earlier the grapes ripen so on a good year they can be ready from mid-September. It’s a lengthy process and the picking is just the start, from here the grapes will go on to be pressed, fermented and stored before the processing takes place. Due to the scale and size of the vineyards and the warm, long days that persist into the Autumn, it’s an early start for the pickers as they rustle their way through the vines selecting the finest bunches to pick.

The grape is a celebrated fruit in these regions and rightly so, therefore there is a certain amount of merriment that accompanies the harvest season and a holiday around this time isn’t complete without a visit to a harvest festival. Typically there’s wine tasting, local food, local entertainment and, depending on the size of the town, also firework displays on offer.

Grape Harvest Festivals
The Chianti Classico Wine Festival is held annually and runs from the second Thursday in September and over that weekend. It’s a great opportunity to taste the local wines before deciding on your favourite. Visitors buy a glass on entry and keep that to taste each wine on offer from various exhibitors.

On 23rd September head to Villes sur Auzon for the annual Muscat Grape Festival. Attending this event not only guarantee’s a taste of the year’s finest produce, it also allows for visits to the vineyards on an electric bike. There’s a lot to do for children whilst adults peruse the farmers market.

You don’t have to attend one of the large central grape harvest events. Towns and villages host their own grape festivals at this time and the smaller celebrations can be just as much fun. Town centres are usually the place to head to grab a piece of the action.

Where to stay
The following Abercrombie & Kent Villas make their own wine, have vineyards on the estate or are close to vineyards and we would recommend staying at one of these properties at this time.


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