Wine festival

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German-speaking minority in the Czech Republic, as participants in a wine festival, in local traditional German costume

Annual wine festivals celebrate viticulture and usually occur after the harvest of the grapes which, in the northern hemisphere, generally falls at the end of September and runs until well into October or later. They are common in most wine regions around the world and are to be considered in the tradition of other harvest festivals.

The Egyptian god Osiris was dedicated to wine, but the oldest historically documented wine festivals can be traced back to the Greek celebrations for their wine god Dionysos[citation needed]. The typical ingredients of a wine festival include wine drinking, grape pressing, regional foods, music and, in many areas, religious ritual.

In culture[edit]

Fields of grape vines

The grape, and the extraction of its juice to produce wine, is more than a flavorsome food or drink. Both grapes and wine have immense cultural significance in many cultures, and often religious significance too.

Competitions[edit]

Main article: Wine competition

Festivals[edit]

Stellenbosch Wine Festival in South Africa
Wine festival in the USA
Budavári Borfesztivál, 2014

Australian festivals[edit]

Canadian festivals[edit]

German festivals[edit]

French festivals[edit]

Hungarian festivals[edit]

16th-century wine press

United States festivals[edit]

North Carolina Wine Festival participants

Other festivals[edit]

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