Every year in Abruzzo, there is the event Open Wine Cellars for San Martino, an autumn rendez-vous starting November 5th to November 13th, rightly timed with the traditional festival of San Martino, where locals gather to celebrate the patron saint of wine on November 11th.
It is said that “In San Martino, all grapes must become wine”, and the transformation from grape to wine is celebrated by the cellars together with the many wine lovers during these nine days of festivities by highlighting the final harvest and welcoming the new agricultural year.
The objective of the participating wineries is to offer the many enthusiasts a rich program of discoveries and share the joy of wine tasting from the latest harvest paired with seasonal products, all while living an authentic experience. The many proposed activities include guided tours, presentations and tastings of new wines, discoveries of ancient crafts, walks in the vineyards, dinners with winemakers, workshops, and much more. There are also many other activities that are centered on themes other than wine such as cooking lessons for children, music, and art exhibitions.
However, we cannot argue that the undisputed protagonist and main attraction of the open cellar initiative remains the wine, whether showcasing old or new ones. New wines usually arrive at the end of the harvest right with the first autumn leaves in early November and can include flavours of fresh fruits such as raspberries or cherries, all displaying a beautiful bright red color. These wines can be enjoyed in all its simplicity, and are suitable for any wine lover, even the younger audience of drinking age, of course.
On San Martino’s day, locals drink wine from the barrel and as per tradition, the party breaks out! Cantine Aperte in San Martino is one of the most cheerful events of the season where locals and wine lovers can look forward to throughout the year. The event offers enthusiasts of all ages the opportunity to meet the producers and get a glimpse of the hard work of the dedicated workers, both on and off the fields. One can also get involved in the hospitality of the cellars which truly leaves visitors with the ultimate authentic experience and great moments of conviviality!