Celebrations, Fêtes & Portes Ouvertes
France & Italy

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 handful of invitations to 3D winemaker’s portes ouvertes (open cellar).

April 2017

Saturday 1 – Sunday 2 April
Portes OuvertesDomaine Désertaux-Ferrand (Burgundy)
Vincent DésertauxOnce again our winemakers Vincent, Geneviève and Christine Désertaux would like to invite you to their annual ‘Open Cellar’ weekend at Domaine Désertaux-Ferrand 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 email contact@desertaux-ferrand.com

Saturday 29 – Sunday 30 April
La Fête des Crus du Beaujolais (Beaujolais)Julienas
This year’s Fête des Crus du Beaujolais will take place in the village of Juliénas, but as usual all ten Crus will be represented: Brouilly, Côte de Brouilly, Chénas, Chiroubles, Fleurie, Juliénas, Morgon, Moulin-à-Vent, Régnié, Saint-Amour. The village of Juliénas is named after the Roman leader Julius Caesar, and vineyards have been established here for more than 2000 years. www.fetedescrus-beaujolais.com

Saturday 29 April – Monday 1 May
St-Émilion Portes Ouvertes (Bordeaux)April_Beaujolais
The winemakers of Saint-Émilion, Lussac Saint-Émilion and Puisseguin Saint-Émilion also open their doors to the public over this weekend.

May 2017

Saturday 20 – Sunday 21 May
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 May_Portes Ouverte Roche (1)a weekend of wine tasting.  As well as Brouilly and Côte de Brouilly, there will be wines from fellow 3D winemaker Domaine Gruss from Alsace, Champagne from Domaine Lapie Longe, and also food and craft stalls.  A midday meal, on long tables to recreate the atmosphere of a ‘repas de vendanges’, can also be included providing you book before 8 May. For info/booking please email lacondemine.dominique@wanadoo.fr

Saturday 27 – Sunday 28 May
VitiLoire (Loire Valley)
Vitiloire is a totally free popular event designed to promote and raise awareness of Loire Valley wines avitiloire-219-7_w800nd takes place every year during the last weekend in May. Set in the heart of Tours, the event offers visitors a producers’ and crafts village, cookery demonstrations, a market, wine bars, dinner dances, a wine bookshop, walks or cycle rides through the vineyards and workshops to learn about the 70 or so AOCs that make up the vineyard area. Over 150 winegrowers will be there to represent the diversity of the Loire Valley’s terroirs and grape varieties, and give the public a chance to sample their products. (Image via terredevins.com)

June 2017

Monday 12 June – Saturday 1 July
Anjou Festival (Loire Valley)
If you happen to be visiting the Loire Valley in June, why not see what performances are taking place at thanjou festivale Anjou Festival. Created in 1952, this is now the second biggest outdoor theatre event in France. Each year 25,000 people head there to attend a variety of performances which take place at the beautiful historic sites of Anjou: Plessis Macé Castle, La Perrière Castle, the Arenas in Doué-la-Fontaine and, on occasions, Saumur and Brissac Castle. www.festivaldanjou.com

July 2017

Sunday 2 July (also Wednesday 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 plaJuly_Palio-di-Sienace every 2 July and 16 August (the vivid opening scene in Quantum of Solace). The contrade (town neighbourhoods) compete for the palio (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

Friday 7 July
Tour de France, Stage 7 (Burgundy)Tour_de_france_vin
Towns bearing the names of famous Burgundy wines have frequently been on the course of the Tour de France, from Pouilly-en-Auxois (1975) to Mâcon (2012) not forgetting Chablis (2007). The most prestigious of all of them will be honoured in 2017. On Friday 7 July the Tour de France will be winding through the Burgundy vineyards starting from Troyes and finishing for the day in the famous town of Nuits-St-Georges. A great chance to watch one of the most popular and important sporting events in a beautiful setting. www.letour.fr (Image via telegraph.co.uk)

Friday 21 – Sunday 23 July
Saint-Émilion Jazz Festival (Bordeaux)July_ St-Emilion Jazz

Within just a few years, the Saint-Émilion Jazz Festival has become one of the leading events of its kind in France with a growing reputation as ‘an inimitable festival’. Set in the beautiful old town of St-Émilion, this festival, combines the excellent wines of the region with the rich tones of Jazz. www.saint-emilion-tourisme.com

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Saturday 26 – Sunday 27 August
Eguisheim Wine Festival (Alsace)
This is Eguisheim’s main wine festival and is now in its 57th year.  In true Alsatian tradition the village celebrates its wines and vineyards with open cellars, art and craft exhibitions and music on Saturday evening.  It continues on Sunday with more wine tastings, a colourful procession of local folklore groups and decorated floats and a lively concert to round off the proceedings.

Saturday 26 – Sunday 27 August
Sancerre Foire aux Vins (Loire Valley)
Every year, on the last weekend of August, wine producers from all over France represent up to 60 appellations at the Sancerre Foire aux Vins. Held in the old mushroom caves, the Cave de la Mignonne, this popular fair consists of a colourful mixture of wine, food and craft stalls.  It is an ideal opportunity sancerre foireto taste many wines and try local delicacies. We include a visit here as part of our annual 3D Sancerre Foire and Picnic Weekend – why not join us?

September 2017

Saturday 2 – Sunday 3 September
Vines, Vins, Randos (Loire Valley)
During the first weekend of September, over 15 walks are organised in the vineyards of the Loire Valley.WINE.WALK.2 The leading appellations of Saumur Champigny, Chinon and Vouvray are all represented. Each walk lasts for around 3 hours and is guided and hosted by a winegrower. These easy, fun walks are accessible to all and include breaks during which the participants are invited to taste local products (wines, cheeses) or visit local heritage sites. As well as a unique opportunity to explore the winegrowing landscapes of the Loire Valley, there is also entertainment planned throughout the weekend, with outdoor meals, cookery demonstrations and a wine sales area where you can buy the wines you have tasted during the walks. www.vvr-valdeloire.fr

Saturday 9 September
The Médoc Marathon (Bordeaux)
Who said the pleasures of wine and running were incompatible? Created in 1985 by a group of marathon-running friends and managed ever since by a team of volunteers, this extraordinary race takes place every September, when around 8,000 entrants come to sample the joys of sport as well as the finest regional specialities.

Throughout the course, the marathon runners, mostly dressed up for the occasion, are invited to replenimedoc marathon2sh their strength with wine, oysters, foie gras or steak. In total, 23 Médoc wine-tasting stands await the runners. The path is also lined with orchestras and entertainment provided by locals, who come to enjoy a day out and cheer on the participants.

The Médoc marathon is also a sporting event in its own right. The circuit, which forms a loop starting from Pauillac, goes through the villages of Saint-Julien and Saint-Estèphe and about fifty wine châteaux. The route includes some passages on stony ground and features several hills, especially in the vineyards. www.marathondumedoc.com (Images via forbes.com &gigglewater411.com) 

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Friday 3 – Sunday 5 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 email contact@chevrot.fr

Saturday 18 – Monday 20 NovemberHospices-de-Beaune-Burgundy
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 2017

Saturday 2 – Sunday 3 & Saturday 9 – Sunday 10 DecemberJean-Michel Jacob
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. Opening hours are 10 00 h – midday and 14 00 – 18 00 h. For more details email lucien-jacob@wanadoo.fr

Friday 8 – Sunday 10 December
Les Habits de Lumière (Champagne)
For three days, the famous champagne capital, Épernay, is lit up to celebrate the gastronomic heritage habits-lumiere-epernay-4of the region. There are many activities on offer, including a firework display and a big street parade on the Avenue de Champagne, exhibitions, musical entertainment, cellar tours and a whole host of shows for children and adults.  The Champagne-style art of living is celebrated with cookery demonstrations by great chefs, oenological workshops and tastings of regional products. It’s a great chance to discover vintages by small producers and major brands, as well as sweet treats and delicious cheeses from the region. On Sunday morning there is also a parade of several hundred collector’s cars. habitsdelumiere.epernay.fr (Image via bonnesadressesremoises.fr)

January 2018

Saturday 28 – Sunday 29 January
Saint Vincent Tournante (Burgundy)
Since its creation in 1934, the Brotherhood of the Chevaliers du Tastevin has set itself the task of st veranpromoting Burgundy, notably its wines and cuisine, preserving and reviving its traditional festivals, folklore and customs, and encouraging the development of tourism in the region. The event known as the Saint Vincent Tournante (named after the patron saint of winemakers) includes the traditional ceremonies such as the winemakers’ procession, enthroning of the oldest wine producers by the Confrérie and plenty of street entertainment. Visitors can purchase the Saint Vincent souvenir glass and then take part in the grand tasting. Each year the event takes part in a different appellation of Burgundy.  In 2018 it will be the turn of the Cru of Saint-Véran in southern Burgundy. www.tastevin-bourgogne.com

National Holidays in France & Italy 2017

Sunday 1 January New Year’s Day (France & Italy)
Friday 6 January Epiphany (Italy)
Sunday 16 April Easter Day (Italy)
Monday 17 April Easter Monday (France & Italy)
Tuesday 25 April Liberation Day (Italy)
Monday 1 May May Day (France & Italy)
Monday 8 May WW2 Victory Day (France)
Thursday 25 May Ascension Day (France)
Friday 2 June Republic Day (Italy)
Monday 5 June Whit Monday (France)
Friday 14 July Bastille Day (France)
Tuesday 15 August Assumption of Mary (France & Italy)
Wednesday 1 Nov All Saint’s Day (France & Italy)
Saturday 11 Nov Armistice Day (France)
Friday 8 Dec Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Italy)
Monday 25 Dec Christmas Day (France & Italy)
Tuesday 26 Dec St Stephen’s (France & Italy)