Across the wine-growing regions of Europe, September is harvest time. As the leaves turn russet and gold, it’s all hands on deck to gather the grapes. This is an arduous but celebratory month, filled with harvest suppers and festivals – in the Tuscan town of Impruneta, the Festa dell’Uva runs for several weeks.
Some househunters dream of making their own wine, but you don’t have to own a vineyard to reap the rewards of a home in wine country. Experiencing the seasonal rhythms is joy enough: gazing out over the vines or even welcoming wine tourists to your rental property. Revenue from global enotourism is expected to reach almost £25 billion by 2030.
Tuscany attracts the largest number of wine tourists in Europe. Owning a home amid the vine-covered hills of Chianti or the Val d’Orcia comes with the reassurance that your view will be protected, according to Jelena Cvjetkovic, director, Savills Global Residential. “Those endless hills and ancient wine estates will never be carved up,” she says. “And you won’t run short of a good place for a glass of wine.”