Festivals in France

It’s not always easy to compile a concise list of interesting events happening in the regions of our vineyards, however here’s a round-up of the key ones that are coming up shortly – plus a couple of invitations to 3D winemaker’s portes ouvertes (open cellar).

April 2106

Saturday 2 – Sunday 3

Portes OuvertesDomaine Désertaux-Ferrand (Burgundy)
For the past 16 years our winemakers at Domaine Désertaux-Ferrand have held an annual ‘Open Cellar’ weekend at their domaine in Corgoloin in the Côte de Nuits. The doors will be open from 10am to 6pm. As well as an array of Désertaux wines you will also be able to sample Chablis, Champagne, Pineaux/Cognacs. There will be cellar visits, stalls selling charcuterie, foies gras and home-made caramels – and you can also eat at the domaine. For more details please contact us.

Saturday 30 – Sunday 1 May

La Fête des Crus du Beaujolais (Beaujolais)
An unmissable event for lovers of the Beaujolais region, of its land and its heritage. The ten Crus are represented and participate: Brouilly, Côte de Brouilly, Chénas, Chiroubles, Fleurie, Juliénas, Morgon, Moulin-à-Vent, Régnié and Saint-Amour. This year the fête will take place in the village of Régnié-Durette and will be a French music festival combining wine with music. Visitors can ‘stroll, drink in hand, to the rhythm of the music’ from not only France but also from Belgium, Switzerland, Louisiana, Quebec, the Antilles and Africa. www.fetedescrus-beaujolais.com

Saturday 30 – Sunday 1 May
St-Émilion Portes Ouvertes (Bordeaux)
The winemakers of Saint-Émilion, Lussac Saint-Émilion and Puisseguin Saint-Émilion also open their doors to the public over this weekend.

May 2016

Sunday 15
Giro d’Italia – Italian Grand Tour (Tuscany)

The 99th edition of the Italian Grand Tour runs from 6 – 29 May. On Sunday 15 ‘stage nine’ will see cyclists take on a rolling 40km time trial through the Chianti region. The ‘Consorzio Chianti Classico stage starts in Radda and finishes in Greve. With the Chianti region renowned for its wineries and hills it’s no surprise to discover that there’s barely a metre of flat land on the 40.4km route as the riders speed through the Gallo Nero vineyards. www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/racing/giro-ditalia

Saturday 21 – Sunday 22

Portes Ouvertes – Domaine les Roches Bleues (Beaujolais)
Once again our winemakers at Domaine les Roches Bleues, will be opening their cellars to the public for a weekend of wine tasting.  As well as the Lacondemine’s Brouilly and Côte de Brouilly wines, there will be wines from Alsace, Champagne, Maury, Rivesaltes and Côtes du Roussillon. A midday meal, on long tables to recreate the atmosphere of a repas de vendanges, can also be included providing you book before the 8 May. For info/booking please contact us.

June 2016

Thursday 23 – Sunday 26
Bordeaux Wine Festival (Bordeaux)

On the Bordeaux quays, in the heart of this magnificent city, wine, food and culture aficionados are invited to join the festival and discover the architectural beauty of the city, the surrounding vineyards and its traditional regional products. The programme includes a wine trail along the Bordeaux quays, guided tours in the vineyards and wine tastings, art exhibitions, concerts, firework displays and a sound & light show every night. This event is organised every two years.  www.bordeaux-wine-festival.com

July 2016

Saturday 2 (also Tuesday 16 August)

Il Palio, Siena (Tuscany) 
The Palio is a very famous bare-back horse race round the sand-covered Piazza del Campo that takes place every 2 July and 16 August (the vivid opening scene in Quantum of Solace). The contrade (town neighbourhoods) compete for thepalio (banner) dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The square is filled with costumed pageantry before the race and afterwards massive feasts are set up on long outdoor tables that can stretch for blocks on the side streets. Tickets for favoured locations provided with seating are expensive but a good view of the race can also be obtained from the middle of the piazza. For more
information visit www.discovertuscany.com/siena/palio-siena

Thursday 14 – Monday 18
Fête de la Rose (Loire Valley)
The Fête de la Rose is held annually in troglodyte caves at Doué la Fontaine, near Angers (which is known as the ‘rose garden’ of France as it is the largest rose growing area in the whole of Europe). www.ot-saumur.fr

Friday 22 – Sunday 24
Saint-Émilion Jazz Festival (Bordeaux)
Combining wine and Jazz in the attractive old town of St-Émilion, the festival returns for its fifth year this July. www.saint-emilion-tourisme.com

August 2016

Saturday 27 – Sunday 28
Eguisheim Wine Festival (Alsace)
Our winemaker, André Gruss, recommends visiting the Fête des Vignerons d’Eguisheim, which has been held for 55 years, on the last weekend of August. Around 15,000 people of all ages attend. Saturday night offers a very festive atmosphere – the vintners open their cellars for tastings of their wines, and the various associations of the village offer something to eat throughout the evening, all complemented by various musical entertainment. On Sunday the atmosphere is more family oriented. The focus is on folklore and the terroir of Alsace, with many wine tastings offered throughout the village. The highlight of the day is undoubtedly the magnificent procession of folklore groups and decorated floats which takes place from 3 – 4.30pm. The festival ends Sunday night when the whole village gathers for a lively concert. www.ot-eguisheim.fr

Saturday 27 – Sunday 28
Sancerre Foire aux Vins (Loire Valley)

The foire is held in the old mushroom caves – Cave de la Mignonne – below the town and consists of a colourful mixture of wine, food and craft stalls.  All the main wine regions of France are represented, not just the Loire, and it is therefore an ideal opportunity to taste many wines. We include a visit here on our 3D Sancerre Foire and Picnic Weekend – why not join us this year?

October 2016

Saturday 29 – Monday 1 November

Portes OuvertesDomaine Chevrot (Burgundy)
The Chevrot family welcome 3D Partners to their annual Portes Overtes at their domaine in Cheilly-lès-Maranges. There will be local suppliers of cheese, foies gras, escargots, jams and bread to complement the wines of Maranges, plus music on the Saturday evening – this is always a jolly event. For more details please contact us.

November 2016

Saturday 19 – Monday 21

Les Trois Glorieuses, Beaune (Burgundy)
The oldest traditional wine auction starts with a street festival in Beaune and open house wine tasting in the cellars. The Fête des Grands Vins de Bourgogne is held at the Palais des Congrès in Beaune throughout the weekend, and for the sportiest tourists a half-marathon race is organised on the Saturday afternoon in the vineyards surrounding Beaune. On the Sunday with the world-famous auction takes place in the Hospices de Beaune.

December 2016

Saturday 3 – Sunday 4 & Saturday 10 – Sunday 11
Portes OuvertesDomaine Lucien Jacob (Burgundy)

Jean-Michel and Christine Jacob open their cellars at their domaine, in Échevronne near Beaune, over two weekends in December, for locals, friends and 3D Partners to come along and taste their wines. For more details please contact us.

January 2017

Saturday 28 – Sunday 29
Saint Vincent Tournante (Burgundy)

Burgundy celebrates its ‘scarlet nectar’ with an annual tasting fair known as the Saint Vincent Tournante. Named after the patron saint of winemakers, the Saint Vincent Tournante (turning) gets its name from the tradition of changing location each year. In January 2017 it is the turn of the appellation of Mercurey, home of our winemakers at Domaine Pillot. This event includes the traditional ceremonies such as the winemakers’ procession, enthroning of the oldest wine producers by the Brotherhood of the Chevaliers du Tastevin and plenty of street entertainment. Visitors can purchase the Saint Vincent souvenir glass and then take part in the grand tasting.  For more details visit www.mercurey2017.fr

National Holidays in France & Italy 2016

Monday 25 April Liberation Day (Italy)

Sunday 1 May May Day (France & Italy)

Thursday 5 May Ascension Day (France)

Sunday 8 May WW2 Victory Day (France)

Monday 16 May Whit Monday (France)

Thursday 2 July Republic Day (Italy)

Thursday 14 July Bastille Day (France)

Monday 15 August Assumption of Mary (France & Italy)

Tuesday 1 Nov All Saint’s Day (France & Italy)

Friday 11 Nov Armistice Day (France)

Thursday 8 Dec Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Italy)

Sunday 25 Dec Christmas Day (France & Italy)

Monday 26 Dec St Stephen’s Day (Italy)


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