Grape Festival and Open Cellars, also called ‘caves of taste
Giglio Island is rich in millenary traditions. Its historic centre, Giglio Castello, is a fascinating maze of cobbled streets, surrounded by medieval walls. Here, ancient local traditions mingle with modern life, creating a unique atmosphere. Summer religious festivals, such as the Corpus Domini procession and the feast of San Mamiliano, offer an opportunity to immerse oneself in the island’s cultural roots.
While, from 28 September to 1 October 2023 in the setting of Giglio Castello, the long-awaited appointment with the “Festa dell’Uva e delle Cantine Aperte” (Grape Festival and Open Cellars), also known as the “grotte del gusto” (caves of taste), returns. The traditional food and wine event closes the 2023 tourist season.
During these days, it will be possible to enjoy the magical atmosphere of the cellars set up in the narrow alleys of the Borgo Antico of Giglio Castello, tasting local dishes ranging from the poacher’s soup, to grilled meat, salt cod with potatoes, wild rabbit and Tuscan cheeses, to close with traditional desserts, among which panficato stands out. The star of the festival is undoubtedly the Ansonaco, or Ansonico wine made from the indigenous grape variety of the same name. An amber-coloured white wine, with a robust body and a dry, slightly sour flavour whose vinification is carried out in purity.The evenings are enlivened with travelling music in the streets of the village and in Piazza Glorioso.