The day of San Martino, 11th November is the date
chosen in Italy to taste bottles of new wine.
This sweet wine, is the fruit of the grape harvest in September, oenoligist and sommeliers tasting it will be able to tell us the level of quality of wine of this vintage year
This is a tradition that dates back to ancient times and still today there are events dedicated to the tasting of new wine, accompanied with roasted chestnuts.
In almost all Umbrian town and villages, the inhabitants gather in squares and light up a fire, where chestnuts are roasted.
When the chestnusts are cooked the party begins, uncorking bottles of new wine to toast to the end of grapes harvest.
Popular music, chestnuts, a lot of wine are the ingredient for an easy party to remind ancient flavours….
……..when there was no internet and the entertainment for young and old people were attached to similar events.
In addition to the popular traditions there are some events related to the new wine, with tours and tastings at wineries and more, below some of most important events:
Bonfire festival at San Martino dei Colli.
The event take place in the medieval village of San Martino dei Colli, the characteristic bonfire are arranged on the square and they are a marvellous setting within the medieval walls.
You could taste a typical product with a big selection of local wines.
Cantine Aperte for St Martino
This is a typical autumn event in all Umbrian wineries to share the joy of sampling wines of the last harvesting with the wine lovers, and taste seasonal products.
There will be a lot of tastings, lunches with the winemaker and plenty of activities until sunset.
Let’s go to discover some Umbrian wonders!!
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