During the fall, the vineyards of the Alps, Piemonte, and Tuscany come alive with the vendange or vendemmia – fields are full of workers, families, and friends getting together to celebrate the season’s bounty. After a hard day of work, a picnic or a family-style meal, with last year’s wines, local wild game, and the flavors of fall. This is the best time of year to truly appreciate the enduring connection between these people and their land; the agrarian culture that is as important today as ever before, alive and well in rural central Europe.
The harvest season is also about celebrating their hard work and the gifts of the land; festivals and fairs go on everywhere from August through November throughout the Alps and beyond. The song of cowbells is a constant soundtrack, as farmers bring their herds back down the mountain for the winter. Désalpe celebrations often parade them through the villages, each family showing off their prize cow dressed with a crown of wildflowers.
Epic Europe is a luxury experiential adventure travel operator based in the Swiss Alps.
Epic Europe specializes in private bespoke itineraries for small groups. Experiencing the best of each region, from interacting with the local people and enjoying authentic regional food and wine, as well as time-honored traditions and festivals, to recreating in the alpine landscape, and truly understanding why the Alps are the birthplace of adventure travel. From custom ski, hiking, or cycling trips to building in city tours, cultural itineraries, or gastronomic discovery, these award-winning, multi-dimensional trips are tailored to our clients' wishes every time, and are not packaged tours. From Switzerland, Italy, and France's Alps, to world-class cultural cities and larger towns, Epic Europe can design a tailored adventure that fulfills your every need.
Would you like more information, or to have us create a tailored trip for you? We would be glad to begin the design process for your ultimate experience in the Alps.
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