The Andes mountains become blanketed in the year’s first major snowfall, the nights become cooler and the villages fill with the aroma of fermenting grapes and the excitement of festivities that seem to linger for months. It’s no secret that harvest is the best time in Mendoza.
Domaine Bousquet was one of the first certified organic producers in Mendoza far before it became a buzz word in local wine circles. Arriving with a philosophy driven by his home terroir in Carcassonne, France, and inspired by four generations of wine producers before him, Jean Bousquet first arrived to Mendoza in 1990 and soon developed the winery which has been one of Mendoza’s icons of organic wine production ever since.
Lunching in wineries is definitely one of the great highlights of spending time on Mendoza’s wine routes. There are dozens of excellent restaurants in wineries which offer everything from seven-course tasting menus to more relaxed a la carte dining. Some wineries in Mendoza are creating new and interactive culinary experiences that go beyond your usual winery lunch. Here are some of the most innovative culinary experiences in Mendoza at the moment.
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.