Wine lovers you still have the chance to get your fix of festivals in the run up to Christmas. From Australia and New Zealand to France, Switzerland and Italy we have highlighted a selection of global wine festivals from lakeside to mountainside where you will be sure to sample the some of the best wines in the world this fall and winter.
Expovina wine fair is worth a visit if only for its unique location aboard 12 cruise Boats moored up at the edge of Zurich's city lake in Bürkliplatz. Now in its 62nd year the annual festival has attracted a strong following of wine lovers. Each moored boat celebrates a different aspect of wine or food giving visitors have the opportunity to sample approximately 4,000 wines from 22 countries and five continents.
Three specialty restaurants onboard three different vessels offer Italian dishes, Swiss meat and fish specialties, or traditional cheese fondue and raclette.
When 29 October - 12 November 2015
Where Zurich, Switzerland
If you’re an Australian wine aficionado then Vino Paradiso will be indeed your wine paradise held down under. Located in the picturesque location of the Rocks, against the backdrop of Sydney harbour and Opera House, the event includes over 130 stalls, of which 80 are wineries from 32 iconic Australian wine growing regions. Popular vineyards from Margaret River to Barossa and Hunter valley will be represented with some big names including Peter Lehmann and Eden road. Masterclasses will be held throughout the two day event as well as a wide food offering. Entry is free.
Go to the website for the full agenda.
When 6 - 8 November 2015
Where Sydney, Australia
Merano Wine Festival, Italy
Photo: Frieder Blickle Per Eos
The unmissable Merano wine fair celebrates its 24th year in the prestigious event which has become synonymous with "Mecca of wine" for wine lovers.
This year's event returns from the 5th to 10th November, offering the opportunity to sample the best examples of Italian wine production, a selection (the result of rigorous work of 10 committees of taste) which is made up of 300 Italian producers and 150 international producers.
The first of the five days is devoted to organic and biodynamic wine growing with the following days being dedicated to wine tasting (also tours: the proceeds of the Wine Master Classes goes to charity), meetings with producers, and even extra-tasting wine.
What Merano Wine Festival
When 5-10 November
Where Merano, Italy
Beaujolais Nouveau Day, France
November 19th marks the release date of Beaujolais Nouveau. In celebration of the occasion approximately 120 Beaujolais Nouveau related festivals will held in the Beaujolais region in the heart of the Rhône-Alpes region, in east-central France.
Whilst the young fruity wine might not appeal to everyone's palette the traditional celebrations are more than a good enough excuse to get involved. Whether the biggest celebrations will take place in Beaujolais there are plenty of others across France and even in the USA to choose from on this day, even if it just involves raising a glass in your local bar.
Take a look at the website or your local area to see the extent of the beaujolais nouveau celebrations.
What Beaujolais Nouveau Festival
When 19 November 2015
From Saturday 21st to Monday 23rd November, the beautiful Palazzo Re Enzo in Piazza Maggiore in Bologna, will transform into the 'Hall of wine' and typical food products from Emilia Romagna, Italy. Visitors will have the chance to meet 85 wine producers from around the regions.
What Enologica 2015
When 21-23 November
Where Palazzo Re Enzo, Bologna, Italy
Wine & Food Festival, Christchurch, NZ
New Zealand wine lovers this is the event for you. This year's event in Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand marks the festivals fifth anniversary and is set to be even bigger and better.
Over 40 wineries from across the five South Island wine regions will be presenting their wines, with top local chefs plating up their best culinary dishes to match. Artisan food producers & local food vendors will also be giving visitors the chance to try locally produced foods and products.
Head to the website to find out more info.
What Wine & Food Festival
When 5 December 2015
Where South Island, New Zealand