In France, the vintage takes place between August and October and is known as ‘la vendange’.
The season lasts so long because of the difference in ripening times of the grapes. During this time, the French countryside is thriving, with workers coming to harvest and tourists coming to discover the process and even taste it for themselves.
Just across the border in neighboring Germany, October kicks off an annual and world-famous tradition.
Oktoberfest started out as a wedding celebration over 200 years ago when the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, but it’s a tradition that has stuck, attracting tourists from all over the world.
If you are a lover of gastronomy and drinks, the Oktoberfest is a seasonal vocation.
However, if you prefer to become one with nature, Lugano in Switzerland could be the destination for you.
There are numerous hiking trails in the region against a backdrop of red, orange and brown hues.
The temperature remains warm enough to enjoy some of the region’s lakes while taking in the colors of the season.