Festivals & Events



Burgundy Saint Vincent festival: each year on the 22sd of January, the festival takes place in different villages of Burgundy’s winegrowing districts. St Vincent celebrations attract tens of thousands of people over the weekend coming to see colourful brotherhood wine ceremonies and wine-tasting pinot noir and chardonnay. Visitors buy a specially designed commemorative glass and then tour the village where local winegrowers do open-door cellars.

Ampuis Wine Market: in the capital of the Syrah grape, St Vincent weekend is synonym of the annual public wine fair with nearly 80% of the Cote-Rotie wine-makers participating to the event. Come to discover this prestigious wine fair, meet several wine-makers, taste and buy prestigious Cotes du Rhone appellations.


The Beaujolais Crus Festival: every year since 2000 at the end of April, a Beaujolais Crus town hosts this wine Festival where it is possible to taste in one day the ten famous Crus appellations: Brouilly, Chenas, Chiroubles, Cote de Brouilly, Fleurie, Julienas, Morgon, Moulin a Vent, Regnie and Saint Amour wines.


Chateauneuf du Pape Veraison Festival: the world famous wine town celebrates the most important stage in grape life through a medieval festival every first weekend of August. During three days, Chateauneuf du Pape village travels back to Pope Times (15th century), locals dress up with nice middle age clothes and several processions take place. The festival also includes several stalls set up by local wine-makers. The illusion is complete!


The barrel Organ Festival of Oingt: this medieval town situated in Beaujolais hosts every first weekend of September dozens of barrel organ players dressed up in colorful costumes. Come to sing old traditional French songs and enjoy this unique music festival that you will remember for ever!

Grape Harvest Time: harvest takes place during September and lasts normally between 2 and 3 weeks. Most of the wineries give accommodation and food to the pickers who come from all over France and many overseas countries. Harvest is a very special period of time with the winery vats full of grapes and the first smells of wine. It’s just the best time for visitors to take a wine tour, to learn about the wine-making process and feel the unique grape harvest atmosphere.


Annecy’s Return of the Herds: Every year, on the second Saturday of October, Annecy welcomes the herds returning from the high mountain pastures. Animals parade in the streets of the Annecy Old Town and locals often dressed up in traditional Savoy costume participate to the feast with processions, floral floats, dances and old songs.


Beaujolais Nouveau Festival: Each year at 12:01 am on the third Thursday of November, Beaujolais Nouveau wine is released all over the world. In France throughout the country, on this particular evening, many of the restaurants, cafes and pubs welcome the Beaujolais Nouveau with special celebrations and millions of bottles are uncorked in a festive atmosphere.
But it is in the town of Beaujeu, the birth place of the Beaujolais wine where celebrations are more impressive. At only 60 km north of Lyon takes place the Sarmentelles Festival where wine-makers, locals and people from all nations joined together for a massive party not to be missed.
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday following the Nouveau Wine Release, the party keeps going in the Beaujolais South part region with hundred of small family wineries doing their public open-doors. Friendly atmosphere guaranteed! During the Beaujolais Nouveau Festival, Kanpai operates special wine tours, for more information click here.

Annual Hospices de Beaune Auction fair: this legendary wine auction also called “Trois Glorieuses” is held mid-November of each year in Beaune's covered market and is the result of more than six centuries of history. The wines are always auctioned by the barrel (each barrel yielding 24 cases 12/bts) and both professional and private buyers can participate in the bidding. The funds collected at the Hospices de Beaune wine auctions are entirely destined for the hospital and institution’s charities.


Oingt Crèche Festival:
from the beginning of December to the start of the New Year, this pretty medieval village from the Beaujolais organizes a crèche festival with more than 80 different creations made by local artists. You can visit this festival taking Kanpai’s Perouges and Beaujolais public tour.

Chavanay Wine Market:
this northern Rhone valley town organizes its annual public wine fair during the weekend by the 10th of December. This wine event is a good opportunity to taste prestigious Cotes du Rhone appellations, meet several wine-makers and purchase great wines.





Chateauneuf du Pape

Beaujolais Golden Stones

Annecy & Perouges

The Original Syrah
Gourmet Escape

Perouges & La Dombes

Lyon City Sights

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