Mendoza

THE ARGENTINIAN HARVEST FESTIVAL, ONE OF THE BIGGEST WORLDWIDE WINE CELEBRATIONS

Trapiche is one of the most historical wineries in Mendoza, with a florentine building that was constructed in 1912. Although the building is historic, its restaurant is the epitome of modernity. A glass cubic structure sits between the vineyard and winery, with excellent views overlooking both. The restaurant also overlooks the kitchen garden, which is an important element in the cuisine of Espacio Trapiche — priding itself in using the freshest and most local ingredients.

Although Malbec is King in Mendoza, it doesn’t mean that Mendoza’s winemakers rest on their laurels. Mendoza is a hive of innovation with hundreds of winemakers working in the wine region and developing new styles and wines to delight winelovers around the world. Here are some wine trends in Mendoza to keep your eye on:

 

The Sheraton in Mendoza is much easier to spot in the air than it is on the ground. As you fly into Mendoza, the wine capital of Argentina, you’ll see a flat expanse of green vineyard land and matchbox houses in the main capital and suburbs. There are few high-rise buildings in this seismic region, but the Sheraton’s 17 floor hotel is one of them.

If you’ve ever wondered how you can balance wellbeing with wine, this new series of events in Mendoza could be the answer. ‘Yoga por los Caminos del Vino’ (Yoga on the wine route) is in its second season with two months of outdoor yoga sessions taking place in wineries in Mendoza from 10 March through 4 May.

 

The Harvest Festival 2019, develops an intense calendar with tourist-cultural activities that include district harvest festivals and folk festivals that start at the beginning of the year and finish the first days of March in the city of Mendoza with the central act of the National Harvest Festival.

Born as a popular celebration of the harvest of the wine, the party has its origin in the era of large immigration, when the work of harvesting and making wine was completed, the benefits of nature were appreciated with dancing and singing. On that occasion, the most beautiful of women was chosen and crowned with vine leaves and bunches of grapes. This simple tribute was the inspiring source of the party that relives Mendoza, every year.

Vendimia is the largest national festival in the country and has been celebrated since 1936. Today, the central act of this celebration is an imposing allegorical show with great choreography framed in a display of light and sound that takes place on a 130-meter stage. wide in the Frank Romero Day Greek Theater nestled in the middle of the hills.

On Friday, March 8, from 20, it will be the official presentation of the candidates for the national throne, at the Ángel Bustelo Auditorium. Later, from 10 at night will take place a parade, where decorated carriages take the queens of every district through the streets of the City.
On Saturday March 9th , from 9 in the morning, visitors can enjoy the most popular of the harvest events, the Carrousel. Through the streets of the City of Mendoza as the night before, Mendoza and tourists can enjoy the music and the dances of this iconic parade.
 
The same Saturday, but in the evening at the Frank Romero Day Greek Theater, people attend  the Central Act of the National Harvest Festival 2019, that this year’s name is "Weaving in Time of Harvest". After the fantastic show with more than 1000 artists on stage, the public will have the chance to see the election of the National Harvest Queen.  The following days, March 10th and 11th , there will a repetitions of the spectacle plus the show of  renowned artists from Mendoza, the country and the world.
 

Mendoza is a hub of exciting Argentine gastronomy with some excellent chefs creating unique menus in wineries and restaurants around the wine region. Pablo del Rio, Pablo Raena, Matías Aldasoro, Nadia Heron and Vanina Chimeno are all top chefs to look out for and reserve a spot in one of their restaurants on your visit to Mendoza.

 

If there were, however, just one chef to visit in Mendoza, it would likely be Lucas Bustos: a busy entrepreneurial chef who serves up fine dining in three notable wineries in Mendoza as well as consulting for a distillery and other restaurants.

 

February 15, 2019 to February 16, 2019

Paraje Altamira Valle de Uco Mendoza
A unique experience. Sophisticated music, local gastronomy in one of the most beautiful locations in Mendoza.

UcoJazzFestival brings together the best jazz in the world with great wine in a stunning location, at the foothills of the Andes. Two nights under the stars enjoying top international and Argentine
musicians, great food and the award-winning wines in a spectacular location.
The place: Finca Alegría is in the heart of Malbec country, in the Uco valley, in a small terroir known as Paraje Altamira, near the village of La Consulta,Valle de Uco .Mendoza.
Tickets include a tasting glass to sample the wines presented at the wine fair, and access to gastronomy, provided by local chefs.

Program:

FRIDAY 15 February
- Jaques and Paula Morelenbaum quartet (Brazil) – Deborah Dixon and Angel Sucheras
- Mariano Loiacono & Ernesto Jodos Duo
- Bernardo Baraj Trio
- Julia Moscardini Quintet
- Cucchiarelli Trio
- Mark Young Band


SATURDAY 16 February
- Anthony Wonsey – Antonio Hart – Mariano Loiacono – Ron McClure
– Rudy Royston Quintet (USA) - by United Airlines.
- Chris Cain (USA)
- Ernesto Jodos Trio
- Nina Sessions
- Rodrigo Ratier Group
- Mauro Bianchinelli Quartet

On a quick glance Casa Vigil appears as a boutique winery and restaurant. Each of which certainly has its merits. However what makes Casa Vigil special in Mendoza, and the reason it went on to become the International Winner of Best of Wine Tourism Awards this year, is because at the heart of Casa Vigil is a community - of winemakers, artists, chefs and local families.

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