Side activities

Festival and side activities

The Pruning Contest will be the centerpiece of a countryside celebration dedicated to “know-how in the vineyard,” open – with free admission – to everyone, pruners, families, friends, and enthusiasts. The day will kick off for the participants at 8:00 with the blessing of the pruners by the Parish Priest of Castelnuovo Berardenga, followed by the Pruner’s Breakfast, organized by the Diversamente Eroici association. The competitions will start at 10:00, coinciding with the beginning of various side activities. To complement the competitions, there will be music, themed stalls, and a series of agricultural-related activities, including workshops with artisans practicing their traditional crafts and the Scissors Atelier hosted by FELCO, a leading company in the sector and an international partner of Simonit&Sirch. FELCO is also the Main Sponsor, along with FINE+RARE, of the event, which enjoys the patronage of the Consorzio Chianti Classico, the Municipality of Castelnuovo Berardenga, and the ASA Italian Agri-Food Press Association.


8.00 blessing to pruners
8.15 Pruner’s Breakfast
8.30 Accreditation in the Pruning Contest
9.00 Opening of sponsor stands
9.00 Pruner’s walk from San Felice to Brolio Castle
9.00 Pruning Contest Race-Briefing
10.00 Pruning Contest – individual competition (qualifications)
10.00 Opening of collateral activities
10.30 Woodcutters’ Exhibition
11.00 Lorenzo Guslandi show
11.30 Pruning Contest – team competition
12.30 Woodcutters’ Exhibition
13.00 Da Move – Show Freestyle Sport-Mix
13.30 Tastings of the Consorzio Chianti Classico
14.15 Pruning Contest – gara singola (finale)
14.45 Lorenzo Guslandi show
15.00 Demonstration of vine-surgery
15.15 Woodcutters’ Exhibition
15.45 Premiazioni
16.00 Readings and musical tasting with Omar Pedrini
17.00 Festival closing

Francesco Quarna

Presented by Francesco Quarna of radio DeeJay. He is the soul of the Festival.

Andrea Amadei

.. and with the participation of Andrea Amadei, Sommelier and Gastronomist, radio and television author, voice for Decanter Rai Radio2.

Omar Pedrini

Omar Pedrini will also be there with musical tastings and readings of some of his lyrics.

FELCO Service Atelier

Promotional area with all the products for pruning and shear maintenance in the field..

Truck&Fast Food

It will be possible to taste the delicacies of Tuscan gastronomic tradition.

Lorenzo Guslandi

Pair slalom freestyle show of the world artistic roller skating champion.


Among others, there will be record-breaking mountaineer Simone Moro, who will take short tours in his helicopter to admire the beautiful Chianti hills and Siena from above; Da Move, with an adrenalin-filled freestyle and acrodunking basketball exhibition; world roller-skating champion Lorenzo Guslandi, who will perform his extraordinary performances; and woodcutters Mattia Berbenni, Alessandro Ciaponi, and Diego Gabbrini, with axe, saw, and chainsaw cutting demonstrations. There will also be local craftsmen intent on their trades, and it will be possible to watch animal-drawn work in the vineyard with horses. There will be stations where one can taste Chianti Classico and various truck-foods with local specialities.

The youngest children will be reserved a corner of the vineyard with the heads of the rows marked with giant coloured pencils, where they will be involved in ‘Wannabe a pruninguy’: each child will choose a vine rootstock and plant it, marking it with his or her name and the date, creating a symbolic vineyard, a good omen for the future. Various other activities will be organised for them, including a horse-drawn carriage ride through the vineyards and educational visits to the Orto Felice, San Felice’s natural vegetable garden, in which elderly local residents and a number of disabled youngsters are involved in the work.

Wannabe a Pruninguy

Children will plant vine shoots, marking them with their name and creating a new vineyard.

Simone Moro

Trips aboard the helicopter of the record-breaking climber Simone Moro.

Da Move

An adrenaline-fueled performance of freestyle sport-mix!

Atleti Boscaioli

Lumberjack athletes and their spectacular show.

Draught horses

Ilario Bortuzzo Animal-drawn vehicles – draught horses.

Visits to the Happy Garden and farmyard

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