International Wine Variety Days

International wine variety days.

Many wine grape varieties have a particular day on which they are celebrated.  Some are honoured in just one country, others draw international recognition.

These special days give producers, marketers and winelovers a chance to share the love about their favourite variety.  They also give writers an bloggers a chance to relook at the variety and share with their readers.

Typically there are both online and offline events. Often there are physical events in many location throughout the world, so you have no excuses for not joining in.

I decided to compile a list of these days for my own organisational purposes. Then I thought it might be good to create the resource collaboratively and share the result.

You can help by adding a comment about any varietal day that you know about in the comment box below. Please add a link to the appropriate website if you can. From time to time I'll come back and re-organise this page.

The list is in two sections, the first listed alphabetically by variety. Followed a listing by month to let you see what is coming up. The events tend to be arranged on a similar date each year.  

I've added a few dates that are not strictly varietal days but you should celebrate these too.

Wine days By Variety

If you really can't make up your mind then May 6 is International Beverage Day and you can drink whatever you like!

Albarino
You need more than a day to celebrate this Spanish wine variety. Last held August 3-8 2016.  Organised by  Tempranillo Advocates, Producers and Amigos Society (TAPAS)

Beaujolais Nouveau
The third Thursday of November each year, but my advice is to drink Beaujolais and Gamay all year round!

Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Franc Day is held 4 December each year.

Cabernet Sauvignon
International Cabernet Sauvignon Day is celebrated on 30 August of each year.

Chardonnay
National Chardonnay Day is celebrated on 23 May of each year.

Grenache
International Grenache Day is celebrated on the 3rd Friday in September each year.

Lambrusco
Lambrusco Day 21 June 

Malbec
World Malbec Day is 17 April.

Merlot
International Merlot Day is celebrated November 7 of each year.

Moscato
Moscato Day is celebrated on May 9 each year.

Sangria
Sangria day is celebrated on 20 December each day. A summer drink, suitable for long December days in the Southern Hemisphere.

Sauvignon Blanc
International Sauvignon Blanc Day 4 May 2018 

Tempranillo
International Tempranillo Day the second Thursday in November, so for 2017 the date is 9 November.

Wine days by Month

January
A couple of years ago there was an International Port Day held in January. I'm not sure it is still active.

February
Last Saturday in February is Open That Bottle Night!  You need to find a bottle in your cellar that is in danger of being left there too long.  Invite some friends around and open it before it goes off!

March

April
World Malbec Day is 17 April.

May
International Sauvignon Blanc Day 4 May 2018.

Moscato Day is celebrated on May 9 each year.

National Chardonnay Day is celebrated on 23 May of each year.

June
Lambrusco Day 21 June

July

August
You need more than a day to celebrate this Spanish wine variety. Last held August 3-8 2016. 

International Cabernet Sauvignon Day is celebrated on 30 August of each year.

September
International Grenache Day is celebrated on the 3rd Friday in September each year.

October

November

International Merlot Day is celebrated November 7 of each year.

Beaujolais Nouveau Day is he third Thursday of November each year.

December
Cabernet Franc Day is held 4 December each year.

Sangria day is celebrated on 20 December each day. A summer drink, suitable for long December days in the Southern Hemisphere.


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