The small city of Qormi, also known as Città Pinto, lies to the southwest of Malta’s capital Valletta. Well known for its rich history of baking bread and winemaking, Qormi will once again become the focus for a celebration of viticulture in Malta. Maltese wine is slowly but surely building a fantastic reputation all over the world, as a high quality, small quantity producer of modern style, heritage wines.
From the 4th – 5th September, Qormi will host The Qormi Wine Festival. The popular festival, in its eleventh year, is a celebration of Maltese winemaking and traditional Maltese culture, and will see stalls of wine and food line the streets, in front of St. George’s parish church. The festival is free to enter and will be open from 19.30 till late. Visitors have the opportunity to buy a souvenir wine glass for €12 and use it to taste their way from stall to stall, experiencing the best of Maltese wine this year. There will be plenty of food stalls offering traditional Maltese food to compliment the red, white and rosè wines on offer by the Marsovin Vineyard.
The Marsovin Winery was founded in the 1920’s, and is one of the pioneer vineyards in Malta. The Marsovin Cellars, based in Marsa, are housed in 17th century cellars and workshops built by the Knights of St. John. They now have five estates in Malta and Gozo, which produce single vineyard wines, and have been champions of the unique Maltese grape varieties of girgentina and gellewza.
In recent years, the festival has become as well known for the live music on show, as for the wine. There are some excellent local musicians scheduled on both nights. This year the bands featured include The Vinny Vella Band, Melbrass, Cryptic Street and RISe.
So grab your glass, a plate of food and spend an evening eating and drinking great Maltese produce and listening to some good music under the stars.