Experiencing something for the first time can be magical. You go somewhere, not knowing what to expect. Whether you’re a wine lover or not does not matter, because the novelty of a new festival (or a festival in another country) is a big draw for anybody. It gives you the opportunity to meet people, taste wines, and learn about wineries with compelling stories. The previous article from last year already went into detail on Groningen Wijnfestival, and so this text will be from the perspective of a returning wine enthusiast.
When you think of Amsterdam, your mind will probably race towards canals, bikes, coffee shops, museums, various events. Well, among cultural events, the city also hosts a big, biannual wine festival. For this article, open up a bottle of your favourite red, because the Amsterdam Wijnfestival is a celebration of the harvesting season; which, of course, means you have to celebrate with everyone else. It is held twice a year, in September and March, due to having 2 harvest seasons, one for each hemisphere. The Dutch won’t miss any special occasion to party! The Wijnfestival currently held its 6th edition, and the organizers mentioned that it attracts around ten thousand people per event, which is a great number. With all this in mind, let’s dive right in.
Ever heard of a wine festival that was held in a church? As a student, and as young member of the Club of Uncertified Wine Tasters from Arad, Romania, I attended one such event at the end of September 2018.