Is there anything better than going wine tasting? There is, actually: a wine festival, where it’s socially appropriate to celebrate wine to the max by tasting, learning about, buying or even dousing your neighbor with the delectable drink. Here’s a list of some of the best wine festivals around the world.

May

London Wine Week, UK

May 14-20, 2018

With events in over 125 venues around London, this festival includes tastings, garden parties, sip & snack food pairings and fancy dinners. There’s even an app you can download which gives you all the info you need to know about the events. Make sure to stop by the LWW hub at Flat Iron Square for a free tasting of Freixenet pink bubbly at the vintage wine van.

Nantucket Food & Wine FestivalMassachusetts

May 16-20, 2018

This boutique wine event includes things like tastings, champagne and caviar pairings, galas, dinners, brunches, seminars and even a snazzy St. Tropez party. Some of the most unique events are ‘Namaste then Rosé’, which as the name suggests, starts with yoga followed by rosé wine and a healthy cooking demonstration or the seminar on matching varietal wines with classical music.

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Viti Loire, France

May 26-27, 2018

Celebrate the finest vines of the Loire Valley in Tour, France with over 150 wine producers. Enjoy wine workshops and tastings along with some of the best cheeses, jams and other gourmet delights from the region. The events take place in tents and outdoor gardens.

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June

Bordeaux Wine Festival, France

June 14-18, 2018

Various venues will host all sorts of different events for one of France’s largest wine festivals. Parades, boat regattas and food tents complement the wine activities. Stroll the two kilometer wine road that weaves along the river as you sample Bordeaux blends. Or, taste organic wines to the sounds of the Bordeaux-Aquitaine National Opera at the Darwin Center.

Haro Wine Fight, Spain

2:00 pm on June 29, 2018 

If dumping buckets of wine all over your friends, family, and well, the whole town sounds fun, this is your dream festival in the famous Spanish wine region of Rioja. Firemen are hard at work shooting wine out of firetruck hoses and locals love to pull out their super soakers filled with the red stuff. Plan to wear googles and take a waterproof bag for your phone.

July

Polk Street Summer Wine Walk, San Francisco, California

4-8 pm July 19, 2018

Merchants along Polk Street will offer wine samples for shoppers and visitors during the Polk Street Summer Wine Walk. Participants pay $25 and will get to sample wines at all the locations where wine is offered, plus one free wine glass and a map with tasting locations. 

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August

Jerusalem Wine Festival, Israel

August 7-10, 2018

Held on the grounds of the Israel Museum, this event kicks off with bands playing on the first evening of the festival, which just so happens to be  Tu B’Av, otherwise known as Israel’s Valentine’s Day. Each day, you can sample different wines in addition to checking out the museum’s exhibits.

St. Pauli Winzerfest, Germany

August 23-26, 2018

Germany’s drink scene goes well beyond just beer. Hamburg hosts a outdoor festival each year that celebrates wine, food and music. Taste all different kinds of German wines while jamming to live bands and snacking on crepes and German cheeses.

Pacific Food & Wine Classic, California

August 18-19, 2018

Sample wine and cuisine with ocean views in Newport, California at this relaxing food and wine festival. Over 60 chefs will be whipping up all sorts of gourmet snacks and meals and you can sip on reds and whites from over 60 different wineries. Proceeds go to the Golden Rule Charity.

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September

Budapest Wine Festival, Hungary

September 6-9, 2018

If drinking wine the medieval way sounds like fun, head to the 27th edition of the Budapest Wine Festival, where you can sample Hungarian varieties in the Buda castle. Join in on wine quiz night, sign up for wine university or simply pair your wine with some gourmet Hungarian foods.

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Dürkheim’s Wurstmarkt, Germany

September 7-11 and 14-17 

This festival markets itself as the largest wine festival in the world, and there’s no shortage of things to do, eat and drink. The main focus of the event is wine, but with plenty of family-friendly offerings, you can bring along the whole crew to enjoy carnival rides and check out live music. With wine halls, outdoor tents and over 600 years of tradition, this is one festival that you shouldn’t miss.

Prague Wine Festival, Czech Republic

September 15-16, 2018

Attendees can learn how to create their own wine, attend seminars and lectures and taste Czech wines at the Prague Wine Festival. Meanwhile, kids can have knight battles and princess dress up, play in bouncy castles and practice archery while their parents sip away.

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October

Boccaccesca Food & Wine Festival, Italy

October 6-8, 2018

Located in the medieval village of Certaldo Alto, expert sommeliers will help festival attendees understand more about famous Tuscan wines such as Chianti Classico or Brunello of Montalcino. Besides plenty of wine tasting, you’ll be able to indulge in Italian street food too.

Hawaii Food & Wine Festival, Hawaii

October 6-28, 2018

This festival takes place over three weekends on multiple Hawiiaan Islands, featuring over 100 chefs, restaurants and wine vendors. Dinners, seminars, wine tastings, cooking classes and recipe contests are just some of the featured events. Ticket sales help to support local culinary and agricultural community organizations.

NYC Food & Wine Festival, New York

October 11-14, 2018

The 11th edition of this NYC culinary event, expect gourmet food tastings, intimate dinners with famous chefs, parties and cocktail hours, classes, tastings, seminars and more. Tickets for the events go on sale in June of 2018.

November

Decanter Shanghai, China

November 17, 2018

The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai will be hosting  a luxury wine event where guests will get to meet some of the world’s most famous wine producers, taste top vintage blends and enjoy a series of masterclasses related to wine around the world.

December

Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival, Florida

December 13-16, 2018

End out your year in (wine) style and celebrate at the 12th Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival outdoors with live music, tastings and snacks. Typically, temps are warm so many events are celebrated al fresco


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    Lori Zaino is a travel expert that's lived in Madrid, Spain for over a decade. A self-taught oenophile and culinary connoisseur, she's just as comfortable backpacking through Latin America's wine country as she is demurely sipping Champagne in French castles.

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