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Grape and wine festivals in Emilia Romagna 2016

As the summer fades into autumn, the air gets cooler and it is time to harvest grapes. The passage from the land to the table is quick, and it is in this moment that the historic towns near where the best wines in Emilia Romagna are produced take on the color of wine thanks to tasty festivals in honor of the grape.



Predappio (Fc) becomes synonymous with Sangiovese which is the star of the "Three days of Sangiovese” from September 2 to 4Wine will be offered at tastings along with local cheese and farm products, accompanied by film screenings, exhibitions, musical entertainment, concerts, and workshops on wine and winemaking. Visitors can also experience an itinerant dinner and excellent dishes prepared by the chefs of the Slow-Food restaurants. The newest event this year is the competition with blind tastings of 10 wines from Predappio.


An itinerary to discover the wines of Val Tidone is what will be offered by four towns of this Piacenza valley - Borgonovo Val Tidone, Ziano, Nibbiano, Pianello and will focus on the traditional food and wines of this area under the watchful eye of expert sommeliers. At the 6th edition of the Valtidone Wine Fest” there will be many cultural events and shows to accompany the tastings of ortrugo, gutturnio, malvasia and passiti. Chefs will perform in exciting cooking demonstrations, guided visits will help visitors get to know the traditions and history of the Valtidone, tasty dinners will offer traditional Piacenza dishes, for a festival full of flavors. September 4, 11, 18, 25.

If you want to relive tradition and experience for yourselves what it is like to stomp grapes with your feet, here in the Castle of Gropparello (Pc) you can finally get the chance. In the foothills of Val Vezzeno, where there are many vineyards, every Sunday of the month of September you can taste local D.O.C. wines and participate in guided tours of the castle. Children can play in the Fairytale Park and have great adventures in costume. September 4, 11, 18, 25.


Castrocaro Terme, in Forlì, this year will celebrate the 60th edition of this event dedicated to grapes. Besides the delicious Romagna recipes, rivers of wine and also beer, and games, there will also be great grapes distributed free of charge as well as an exhibition of farm machinery and vineyard equipment. September 10-11.


The historic center of Castellarano, in the Reggio Emilia hills, with its prized city walls, the well maintained Fortress from the 15th century and the crenellated Castle, will pay tribute to the grape and to its products with a whole weekend of music and dancing, a medieval market and old games, a hobby and street market, special menus and ancient craft demonstrations. For small children, there will also be a market just for them and an area with games. The medieval dinner and the historic parade will allow visitors to relive ancient splendors. On the last evening, there will be no better way to end the day than admiring the fireworks and colors that will paint the sky. September 14-18.

The party continues with the Provincial Grape Festival” in Riolo Terme, just inland from Ravenna, among free tastings, great food stands, markets selling local products and a lot of great music. September 16-18.


Turning 61 years old is the Grape Festival” in Castenaso, in the plains outside Bologna. To celebrate the arrival of autumn and its products there is a packed calendar of events on schedule with music shows, theater performances, sports tournaments, artistic shows, and street markets. September 16-19.

Another gourmet event awaits in San Giovanni in Marignano (Rn), with the New Year's of Wine”. The town will be the star of an event created especially to welcome the new wine, a party in honor of the main product of this area, the result of years of tradition. At the "Palio della Pigiatura" the town "contrade", each one represented by a man and a woman, will face off in a grape stomping competition to win the Palio di Marignano. This is a unique occasion that recalls the parties in farmyards when the community celebrated the good moments of farming life, in particular a good grape harvest. September 25.


Last modified Aug 31, 2016

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