Wine festivals or fairs usually coincide with the harvest season for grapes, and have been occurring throughout the world for thousands of years.
Activities typically include the opportunity to sample different wines, listen to expert talks and demonstrations, and browse a number of food stalls that offer artisanal produce.
The UK boasts several wine experts including Fiona Beckett from The Guardian, Susy Atkins from The Sunday Telegraph and the Three Wine Men: Tim Atkin, Olly Smith and Oz Clarke. Connoisseurs like these can usually be seen giving tips and talks at these events. Wine retailers like Cliff Roberson have also talked at events such as the London International Wine Fair.