Only Italians share an undying passion for wine, so when September arrives it can only mean one thing - grape harvest!
Due to extreme heatwave and drought conditions this summer, harvest season has kicked off much earlier than normal.
Springtime marks a season of new life, rebirth, and renewal - an opportunity to indulge in wine tasting or shop local farmers markets for produce!
Bud break occurs in late spring, when green nubs emerge from a vine's roots. Each bud holds one grape as an insurance policy against adverse weather.
Puglian wines are at their finest this time of year, making harvest festivals in Puglia an excellent opportunity to taste them at their very best. While grape stomping may no longer be common practice today, some wineries still do it to preserve tradition and allow visitors to live the experience. These events usually culminate in a large meal and celebration as Italy produces wines using unique grape varieties exclusive to each region - unlike countries that use generic grape varieties! Italian wine producers take great pride in celebrating this heritage!
Summer in Italy can be scorching hot, yet avoiding major cities is generally manageable. Vineyards bloom lush and full while food festivals adorn rural towns across Italy.
July to August is Italy's prime vacation season, when locals take advantage of higher temperatures to travel to beaches or mountains for their annual holidays. Prices peak alongside temperatures, making hotel reservation essential in popular vacation spots.
Italy comes alive during harvest season from September to October with winemaking and agrarian traditions coming alive. It's an ideal opportunity to experience this country with fewer tourists, warm weather, bright sunny days without scorching heat - plus many wineries offer tours where visitors can witness grape harvest first-hand and taste freshly-produced wines full of flavor if barrel aged and/or fermentation process has progressed far enough.
As summer winds down, Italy's beaches become less crowded while its vineyards open their harvest season. Harvest season in Tuscany, Sicily or La Maremma offers one of the most rewarding visits: its land glows with muted hues of muted green, rust and ochre while cypress trees sway gently in the breeze.
Grape harvest typically occurs between mid and late September; this year may be slightly later due to an unusually cool spring that delayed budding and had an impactful influence on fruit formation.
Piedmont wine country takes advantage of its long autumns and foggy winters to produce ideal conditions for late-ripening Nebbiolo grapes to develop unique flavor profiles, providing visitors with an opportunity to sample its complex wines. Many wineries also host harvest festivals where guests can participate in grape stomping!
Wintertime in Italy's wine regions can be an ideal time for exploration, with exact dates varying by year. Low season pricing makes this an affordable time to visit these scenic vineyards and their environs for tastings or tours of vineyards and their environs.
At this time of year, many food festivals known as sagre take place to honor regional produce like truffles. This makes this season an excellent time to visit Tuscany, Le Marche and Piedmont - three regions which specialize in producing such delectable goodies!
This year's Sicilian grape harvest started earlier than ever since 2012 due to a cool spring that delayed budding and flowering; therefore yields are anticipated to decrease while quality remains good.