September is the month of the Tuscan vendemmia, or the harvest of the grapes. In Tuscany, the end of August to the beginning of October is time for one of the most important activities of the year, as this harvest is the first step to producing their world-famous wine. Continue reading to learn more about the great tradition of the vendemmia!
When The Harvest Starts
The exact date of the grape harvest varies each year, as it depends on the weather and rainfall for each vineyard. The harvest falls during this month-long period as grapes reach their desired ripeness, as the balance between sugars and acids is perfect for the style of wine the winemaker hopes to produce.
Many tourists plan trips to the Tuscan country-side in September to hopes to join the hundred-year-old tradition with local farmers and learn more about the culture. Many smaller agritourism and bed and breakfasts allow tourists to join; simply ask your hosts about the vendemmia and it is likely you will be invited when the harvest begins. Also, tourists can visit vineyards that are open to the public to join the grape harvest.
If you are in Tuscany during September to early October, be sure to visit some of the many wine and food festivals! Some of the most famous festivals include The Grape Festival in Impruneta, one of the longest-running Italian festivals, and the annual Wine Festival in Montecarlo.
Process Of The Grape Harvest
While you can participate in the grape harvest as a tourist by picking a few grapes, the process is actually very rigorous for workers. Grape harvesting is one of the most essential steps in the winemaking process, so it is taken very seriously. Grape pickers will arrive at the vineyard very early in the morning to start cutting bunches of grapes and collect them in a crate or basket. Another worker will then collect the crates and bring them to a wine cellar to start the winemaking process using a lot of machinery.
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