There are a number of different national wine days and wine-themed holidays that are celebrated both domestically and internationally.
While some of these National wine days are localized to the United States, others are “International” wine holidays celebrated all over the world. Let’s take a look at the best Wine celebrations around the world!
Red Wine Holidays
International Cabernet Sauvignon Day is celebrated on August 30th of each year, and it is no surprise that the world’s most popular wine grape is celebrated with one of the most popular wine holidays in the world.
Cabernet Sauvignon is often referred to as “big” and bold on the palate, and it is full of strong tannins and deep flavors. Depending on where it is produced, flavor profiles can range from juicy and fruity to earthy and “leathery.”
While this popular red wine grape is planted all over the world, some of the most famous examples hail from the world-famous region of Bordeaux in France. Cabernet Sauvignon provides depth and flavor to the mix while Merlot mellows out the aggressive tannins.
The first international Cabernet Sauvignon day was celebrated in the year 2009, and it has risen in popularity every single year since. Be sure to check with your local wine bar or bottle shop to see if they are hosting events near you this year!
Beaujolais Nouveau Day is celebrated on the Third Thursday of November, and it is one of the only wine holidays on earth that actually celebrates a specific event. Each year, new bottles of Beaujolais Nouveau hit the market before any other type of wine.
This easy-drinking and fruit-forward red wine is meant to be enjoyed young, and it has the quickest turnaround from harvest to the distribution of any style of wine in the world. Many wine enthusiasts worldwide wait eagerly for each year’s new offering.
Beaujolais Nouveau wine is produced using the Gamay grape, and the result is an easy-drinking wine that is light on the palate while maintaining a decent level of acidity and flavor that many wine enthusiasts crave.
White Wine Holidays
International Riesling Day takes place on March 13th of each year, and it is perhaps the longest-standing wine holiday on earth. It was established in the year 1435 and has been celebrated each consecutive year since.
Riesling is one of the most versatile wine grapes in the entire world, as it can be used to make everything from very sweet dessert wines to crisp and refreshing mineral-driven white wines.
This famous white wine grape thrives in cold weather growing conditions, and some of the best representations are grown in Germany, Austria, and Canada. Aged bottles of Riesling-based dessert wine can draw huge price tags of thousands of dollars depending on vintage and producer.
There are many different wine bars and restaurants that celebrate International Riesling Day, and it is likely that a wine bar near you runs specials on different glasses and bottles of Riesling every year on March 13th.
Pinot Grigio Day takes place on May 17th every year, and it celebrates one of the most popular white wine grapes in the entire world. This famous white wine grape produces interesting white wines that are sometimes described as tart and acidic.
Due to the fact that Pinot Grigio is one of the most popular wine grapes in the world, Pinot Grigio Day is also one of the most popular wine-based holidays that is celebrated each year.
There are many different producers that offer specials and deep discounts on bottles and cases of wine every year on Pinot Grigio Day, so be sure to check with your favorite producers and wine shops for great deals!
Sparkling Wine Holidays
World Lambrusco Day takes place on June 21 each year, and it celebrates one of the most unique and high-quality styles of sparkling wine in the entire world. It is regarded by most wine professionals as the best sparkling red wine in the world.
This unique and fruit-forward sparkling red wine is produced in a number of different wine regions throughout Italy. It is a simple and easy-to-drink sparkling wine that is both approachable and affordable for many wine enthusiasts.
While Lambrusco may not be one of the most famous or highly regarded styles of wine from Italy, it is mass-produced and there are more bottles of Labrusco exported out of Italy each year than any other style of wine.
Champagne Day is celebrated on New Years Eve each year, and the two holidays have become so intertwined that many people end up celebrating Champagne day each year without even knowing it.
Champagne is considered by many wine enthusiasts and professionals to be the finest representation of sparkling wine in the entire world, and some of the most famous and high-end bottles can sell for thousands of dollars depending on the producer.
This French sparkling wine is made using the traditional method and it is often aged in French oak to develop flavor. It is the sparkling wine of choice for celebrations and toasts, making it a perfect fit for celebrating New Year’s Eve.
Unique Wine Holidays
International Rose Day takes place on the fourth Friday of each June, and it celebrates the unique pink wine that has been embraced all over the globe as one of the most popular outdoor and summertime wines.
Rose has a distinct light pink color that is achieved by letting the grape skins come into contact with the juice for a limited amount of time. The result is a crisp and refreshing wine that is full of fruit flavors and depth that can only be achieved through skin contact.
International Rose day is one of the newer wine-themed holidays on the calendar, as it was established in the year 2018. As a result, many wine bars and shops may not yet be aware of their existence, and discounts are less likely than with more established holidays.
National Sangria Day is celebrated on December 20th each year, and it is very popular in tropical and beach-side locations. Sangria is a mixture of sweet wine with fruit juice and fresh fruits, making it a sweet and luscious treat.
There are a number of bars and restaurants all over the world that observe National Sangria Day, and it is possible to find some great deals on different types of Sangria depending on where you look!
Other Wine Based Holidays
International Box Wine Day takes place on September 9th of each year, and it celebrates one of the most interesting innovations in wine storage technology of the past several decades. Boxed wine uses an outer box to hold plastic bags of vacuum-sealed wine that comes with a pour spout.
For many years, plastic bags and boxes were only used for lower-quality wines that were mass-produced and meant to be affordable everyday options. In recent years, higher-quality wine producers have begun taking advantage of this economical and efficient method.
International Box Wine Day is celebrated all over the world every year by casual wine enthusiasts who enjoy straightforward and affordable wines. It is gaining popularity every year and has become very popular on social media platforms.
Open That Bottle Night takes place on February 25th of every year, and it is one of the most popular wine holidays in the United States. It marks a day when people are meant to go ahead and open that bottle that they have been saving for a special occasion, and enjoy!
The concept emerged in the year 2000, and it has become extremely popular with more and more people celebrating the occasion each year. This is a great holiday for just about every wine enthusiast, as the concept is simple and can be used with any style of wine.
National Wine Days – Conclusion
Celebrating one of the many wine-themed holidays that occur each can be a fun way to unwind and relax with friends and family.
Many wine holidays have become very popular over the last several years, and some are celebrated all over the world.
Feel free to leave a comment below if there is a certain wine-themed holiday that is your favorite, or if you have a special tradition to commemorate a wine holiday!