Autumn brings back the cooler evenings and the most incredible sunsets. Tuscany becomes a hive of activity as all the local producers begin to harvest their grape and olive crops and festivals take place throughout the Chianti region with open doors everywhere, allowing you to sample this years wine and oil. Very traditional methods are still used by many producers, including ourselves, and you are more than welcome to ‘comb’ a tree or two if you fancy, or join us at the Frantoio to see how our olives are pressed. Olive oil is at its best immediately after pressing and if you around at this time we can promise you will never have tasted oil quite like it. If the rains come it is only for a day or two at a time and with the weather still mild through September and October you can expect mushrooms to be sprouting.
Autumn also brings The Euro Chocolate Festival to Umbria’s capital, Perugia. It is an hour and a half’s drive from here but well worth the trip at any time, particularly from mid to late October when the week long festival is held. This beautiful medieval city is packed with stands with more varieties of chocolate than you can imagine. Good shopping here too.
Vino al Vino is a wine festival held on the third weekend in September in Panzano. Wine from the local wineries will be available to taste. Just buy a glass (around €10) and off you go! There is sometimes music and food available too. Lots of fun.
The Chianti Grape Festival or Festa dell’Uva is usually on the last Sunday in September is a spectacular event with plent of tastings, a big parade, and other entertainment. Lots of people but plenty of atmosphere.
Every other year Florence holds the Internationale Antiquariato (a major antiques fair), usually at Palazzo Corsini in September/October…
The autumn is dominated by game: wild boar, rabbit, hare, and venison can all be bought from butchers throughout the region. And wild mushrooms abound: local markets will be full of porcini mushrooms at this time, as well as rarer delights. The woods around Patrignone are filled with the scent of these edible fungi, but make sure you know what you are doing before you go looking for something to eat.