September is the most intoxicating month in the Chianti region. While the vines are heavy with ripe grapes and the farmers are getting ready for the harvest, all around the region the air is filled with sweet smells and a festive feel for the annual “vendemmia“.
Every year the Chianti put a lot of effort to deliver its precious nectar. One sip reminds us of why this is one of the world’s most celebrated wine regions.
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How the Chianti celebrates September and its wines
Greve Chianti Expo – The call of the Black Rooster (6th-9th Sept 2018)
The important Chianti Expo has reached its 48th edition, From 6th September to 9th September 2018 over 50 Chianti Classico wineries offer their wines for tasting and sale, with their stalls nicely arranged in the beautiful Piazza Matteotti, at the heart of Greve in Chianti‘s historic centre.
The wine tasting stands will open at 5pm on 6th September, and on the same evening a music show makes a great start to the festival. On the course of the following three days, stands will be open from 11am in the morning until the evening, with concerts and dance shows in the afternoon, and artisan workshops open to the public. On Sunday at 4.30pm there’s a flag throwing show. (official site full program).
Montefioralle Divino – Divine wines in a Medieval hamlet (22nd-23rd Sept 2018)
On Satuday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September 2018, from 10am to 7pm, the Medieval hamlet of Montefioralle becomes the setting for the wine festival Montefioralla Divino. A ‘divine’ celebration of local wine. To participate, buy a tasting glass for 17 Euro which allows you to try as many wines as you like.
This is a great opportunity to visit this historic village perched on a hill above Greve in Chianti, where the views are magnificent and the picturesque cobbled streets are a joy to behold. With your eyes filled with the views and your palate delighted by the local wines, you may start to experience a little of the ‘dolce vita’ for yourself. To reach Montefioralle, where parking is scarce, there’s a shuttle bus from Greve’s main square piazza Matteotti (from 2pm to 7pm).
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Vino al Vino – Panzano Wine Festival (13th-16th Sept 2018)
From the 13th to 16th September 2018, the small town of Panzano in Chianti will host the Vino al Vino, the Wine to Wine Festival. Twenty local wineries join forces to showcase the quality and unique character of the Chianti Classico wines produced in the area, where many producers have turned to organic viticulture.
Tasting stands will offer the chance to taste various vintages of Panzano wines, and enjoy this welcoming small town at one of the liveliest time of the year.
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Festa dell’Uva – Grape Festival, Impruneta
Every weekend in September the small hilltop town of Impruneta (15 kms. from Florence) attracts thousands of people on the occasion of the traditional “Festa dell’Uva”, or Grape Festival. It’s a time of fun, festivity, and community get together. The grand finale of the festival is on Sunday 30th September 2018, when the 4 neighbourhoods of Impruneta compete in the best float-show. Grape harvest-themed floats fill the town centre.
Events include: rificolona paper lantern festival on the 7th September (see the rificolona festival in Florence), Sunday 9th organic product market and shops are open for the whole day. On the 16th there is a Peposo cooking competition and dinner. On the 30th classical concert (see official site for the full program).
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⇒ See how Florence celebrates the month of September, including its own special festival to honour the arrival of the wine harvest, the Carro Matto Festival, where a cart loaded with fiaschi is paraded through the city centre.