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Autumn Grape Harvest

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Autumn Grape Harvest

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Whether it is sipped in front of the television on a Friday evening or shared with friends and family around a dinner table, there is no denying that wine is one of the finest and most diverse drinks available to us. It is for that reason that we feel it is important to appreciate and understand the processes behind the production of this fundamental drink.

Italy and France are two of the proudest wine producing countries worldwide – just less than half of the wine we consume comes from these countries. But it is not the quantity they take pride in, but the intricate, precise care taken in developing the wine, from growing conditions of the humble grape to the aging of the finished product.

In order to help you supplement this delicacy, we offer villas with or nearby vineyards in beautiful Italian regions Umbria and Tuscany as well as in France’s rustic Provence district. We recommend visiting in late September to early October, in order to catch the grape harvesting season. This time of year draws great joy in these parts, as it marks the start of the wine making process. Wine tasting, wine tours and speciality foods are typical of the celebrations you can experience during your stay.

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Grape Harvest Festivals

An example of these celebrations is the Chianti Classico Wine Festival of central Tuscany. An annual event, it runs during the second weekend of September and is a great opportunity to indulge yourself in the Tuscan culture. Fine wines are accompanied with local cured meats, olive oil and cheeses, with traditional music in the background.

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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Featured Villas

Featured Villas


Casa St Antony

Bedrooms: 5 | Sleeps: 10

Chateau St Martin

Bedrooms: 10 | Sleeps: 6

La Bastide des Etoiles

Bedrooms: 7 | Sleeps: 14

Les Lilas Blancs

Bedrooms: 7 | Sleeps: 14


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