The biggest grape harvest festival in Latin America!
23 February 2018. Preparations are underway for a big party. In Mendoza, the Argentinian wine capital, the Vendimia de Mendoza starts with processions and dancing. The biggest wine festival in the whole of Latin America lasts for several weeks and, with its many highlights, is truly unmissable. Among the events are the Blessings of the Fruits, the parade of the Virgin of Carrodilla, the city’s patron saint, the routines of the candidates for the election of the Queen of the Grape Harvest and more. In short, it’s the ideal period to treat yourself to a break based around wine tasting and gastronomy.
From one weekend to the next, the entire region gives itself up to an outpouring of colour and joy. Of all the parties on offer, don’t miss the Via Blanca de la Reinas. It is totally incredible! The beauty queens parade to music and lights in a huge unmissable show. The day after, it is the turn of figures from the wine world to present themselves on the floats that invade the squares and roads. Gauchos in traditional costume escort them, bedecked in leather and silver. Finally, the finale of all the festivities is the Acte Central, a grand show featuring sound and lights. It is unbelievable, featuring a thousand dancers and 4000 m2 of scenery to honour the vines and the land.
Take advantage of the trip to stay at…
Entre Cielos. Unique. A hyper modern hotel that is audacious and surprising, its raw concrete exterior plays with lines cleverly decorated with vines. It has sixteen colourful guest rooms that are chic and full of light, elegant restaurants looking onto the high summits of the Andes and a spa where you can enjoy rituals featuring grapes.
Vines Resort & Spa. A little gem. An hour and a half from Mendoza, located at the heart of 600 hectares of vines, this is the ideal location for those seeking calmness and gastronomy. Designed by Francis Mallmann who is known for his use of fire, the food complements the local wine perfectly. Try it before testing out the spa, taking a horse-riding lesson or taking part in a wine workshop.
Cavas Wine Lodge. A Relais & Châteaux boutique hotel that will seduce you with its Spanish Colonial Villas equipped with private verandas, swimming pools and fireplaces. The 22 hectares of vines seem to stretch for miles. Treat both your palate and your appetite with the house wines and what the restaurant has to offer. It’s a hotel you wish you could keep all to yourself!.