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.
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.
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.
Children are always welcome in Argentina, and that’s no exception in wine country. Restaurants and bars will have families eating and drinking late into the night and kids are usually welcome to wineries as well.
If you are planning your visit with a troupe of children, don’t panic! There are a host of wine-related activities that keep both parents and children entertained in Mendoza.
Christmas in Mendoza is a sunny, summertime affair. Although there’s plenty of nougat to go around on the 24th, you can forget any notion of a white Christmas in this wine capital. Embrace the late nights and balmy summer days and be prepared to swap your winter fireplace for a summer BBQ!
There’s no doubting the wine credentials of Bodega Casa Vigil. Owned by one of Argentina’s most prized winemakers, Alejandro Vigil, this is a wine production of top draw. However Bodega Casa Vigil is about more than just making fantastic wines from local grapes. It is also about respecting the environment those grapes come from. The green credentials and community focus of this family winery and restaurant is what deservedly led to a Great Wine Capitals Award for Best Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices in 2018.
When Susana Balbo graduated as a winemaker in 1981, she was the first female winemaker in Argentina. Although men still outweigh women in Mendoza’s cellars, there are plenty of inspiring women in Argentine wine today.
At the historic Bodega Baquero in Maipú, the founders’ granddaughters are finding new uses for the harvest of both grapes and olives. They’ve created a line of beauty products available in their 1886 cellar. And a one-day wine and perfume workshop that gets to the essence of discerning and describing all the rich aromas of wines.