The next Winegrowers’ Festival is already in the making

Nov 9, 2018

This highly popular event celebrating vine-growing is held once a generation.

Between 18 July and 11 August 2019, Vevey will host the traditional Winegrowers’ Festival twenty years after it was last held. The festival’s history is tightly linked with that of the Confrérie des Vignerons (Winegrower’s Brotherhood) since it pays tribute to their labour. Its origins date back to the 17th century, when the Brotherhood organised an annual procession in the town. This grew over time until, in the mid-19th century, a written score replaced its disparate songs and the event continued to expand, attracting an ever bigger audience. The artistic direction of the next festival has been entrusted to the Ticino director Daniele Finzi Pasca, who notably orchestrated the closing ceremony of the Turin Olympic Games in 2006. Since last December, this tradition has been part of the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

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