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International Drinks Days – a Calendar in progress

Have you noticed the increasing number of International Drinks Days? These are annual days dedicated to a grape variety, a cocktail, a spirit, or a beer. How did the idea of International Drinks Days arise? Do they have any value besides clogging up your calendar or social media feeds, do they have any value? Do you look forward to any of them? Why those particular days, and who gets to choose? How are we to celebrate?

Did it originate with Beaujolais Nouveau, which used to be widely celebrated and at least commemorates the new wine’s release? So many questions. I fear we may never know the answers.

And, except for relative obscurities like Prokupac and Maratheftiko, they tend to only commemorate the most well-known grapes and drinks. While more are being added each year, I still lament the lack of International Drinks Days for Bobal, Barsaglina and Bacchus. I wonder how you start them?

It’s a bit of fun, so in the (ahem) spirit of International Drinks Days, here is an annual drinks calendar with links to related Wine Alchemy articles. Note that English Wine and Sherry celebrations last for A WEEK, while Riesling and Rioja last for a MONTH!

Still, let’s face it, every day is reason enough to celebrate!


International Drinks Day Calendar.


Nothing. Maybe that’s because of “Dry January”? 


1 February – International Furmint Day

1st Saturday in February – International Pisco Sour Day

8 February – International Scotch Whisky Day

16 February – International Syrah Day

18 February – Global Drink Wine Day

22 February – International Margarita Day

27 February – National Kahlúa Day


3 March – International Irish Whiskey Day

3 MarchInternational Mulled Wine Day

5 March – National Absinthe Day

13 March – International Riesling Day

21 March – World Vermouth Day

27 March – International Whisk(e)y Day


14 April  – International Tannat Day

17 April – World Malbec Day

28 April – International Viognier Day


1st Friday in May – International Sauvignon Blanc Day

6 May – International Baga Day

9 May – World Moscato Day

13 May – World Cocktail Day

15 May – World Whisky Day

17 May – Pinot Grigio Day

21 May – World Chardonnay Day


4 June – International Cognac Day

9 June – World Verdejo Day

12 June – World Gin Day

3rd Friday in June – Drink Chenin Day

21 June – World Lambrusco Day

4th Friday in June – International Rosé Day


10 July – World Rum Day

12 July – International Cava Day

11 July – World Mojito Day

24 July – World Tequila Day


1 August – Old Vine Day; International Albariño Day

1st Friday in August – International Beer Day

13 August – International Prosecco Day

18 August – International Pinot Noir Day

30 August – World Mai Tai Day


1 September – International Cap Classique Day

2 September – International Cabernet Sauvignon Day

10 September – International Port Wine Day

3rd Friday in September – International Grenache Day

28 September – World Marmite Day


1 October – Rioja Month

2 October – World No Alcohol Day

4 October – International Vodka Day

5 October – World Vranec Day

6 October –  Orange Wine Day

14 October – Prokupac Day

2nd Saturday in October – International Pinotage Day

19 October – International Gin and Tonic Day

23 October – World Champagne Day

26 October – International Mavrud Day

Last Thursday in October – International Carignan Day

Last Friday in October – World Champagne Day



1 November – International Xinomavro Day

6 November – International Wine in Moderation Day

7 November – International Merlot Day

2nd Thursday in November – International Tempranillo Day

15 November – Zinfandel Day

18 November – International Poitín Day

3rd Thursday in November – Beaujolais Nouveau Day

24 November – International Carménère Day



1 December – International Maratheftiko Day

4 December – International Cabernet Franc Day

10 December – International Aszú Day

16 December – Pinot Meunier Day

20 December – Sangria Day


And finally

The latest Update was in February 2024. If you know of any other examples, and I bet they are legion, I’ll happily add them to this Calendar – just let me know!

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