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NATIONAL VINTAGE FESTIVAL

3 days
2 nights

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Argentina worships its wines through one of the most spectacular events: The National Vintage Festival, celebrated in the province of Mendoza. It is the world´s major celebration in honor of wine. It  consists of many activities carried on in each one of the 18 departments that make up this province during the months of January, February, and March, finishing with the Great National Show in the capital city.

The most important events take place in March. These are the Carrusel and Via Blanca (parades with big carriages that take the queens and their courts along the city streets) and the Great Central Show at Frank Romero Day Greek Amphitheatre, which is the major attraction of the festival.  This is a giant and innovative artistic show of dance, light and sound with hundreds of actors and dancers on enormous scenery. The story line is always about wine and it worships the Virgin of Carrodilla and all the Argentineans that participate in the viticulture activity of this country. The show always finishes with the election of the National Vintage Queen and the imposing fireworks that dance at the compass of music during more than 20 minutes.

The Vintage Festival has acquired relevance throughout the years and it has been established as the most important in the country. Apart of this, it is considered as one of the five greatest festivities in the world, together with the Dragon Festivity in China, The Rio de Janeiro Carnival in Brazil, the Venice Festival in Italy and the San Fermín Festival in Pamplona, Spain.

This is Vintage, the one that arises from the land of the sun and the good wine, symbol of a generous heart opened to the world.

“The wine is sovereign, it orders, and when it stays in the heart of men, it wants to fly, it jumps and jumps with the wigs of games, with its wigged naivety.
Give me wine because I want to gallop in the air.
Give me happiness, give me Vintage!!! "

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The most outstanding of our proposal

  • To participate in the National Vintage Festival, one of the most fascinating celebrations.
  • To know about wine and its industry in a relaxed and amusing way in the most important Argentinean viticulture region.
  • To enjoy Mendoza’s charm, its landscapes and people.
  • To be able to combine the best activities that can be done in a flexible way.
  • To taste the best wines of the region and its typical food and meats.
  • To have many options available: you will be able to choose which wineries to visit and the activities. All these within a frame of total security and being accompanied.
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Program

Day 1 - Friday:

We will be waiting for you at the airport or at the bus station of Mendoza city. Our guide will welcome you and take you to the hotel selected for your check-in. This same day, we will visit the most important places of the capital city, developed with very particular urban details, such as open ditches, the width of the sidewalks and streets and the installation of the various places that adorn. We will see the Frank Romero Day Greek Amphitheatre where the National Vintage Festival will take place; the beautiful Parque General San Martín, the green lung of the city of 420 hectares which there are over 300 species of flora, it was the work of the great French landscaper Carlos Thays, the Monument to the Army of the Andes sits on top of the Cerro de la Gloria and the Foundational Area of Mendoza, a walk in Pedro del Castillo square (in tribute to who founded the city in 1561) and the Franciscan ruins (temple built in 1731), among other places At night we will participate of the Via Blanca, a parade of the candidates to become the National Vintage Festival Queen and their courts along the streets of the capital city. This is a very eye-catching show due to the carriages used, their lights and decoration, and the happiness of the people.

Day 2 - Saturday:

Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning enjoy the fantastic Carousel, an event where thousands of people share the joy of the end of the grape harvest. Floats, national queens, tradition and culture come together in a unique celebration in the world. The Carousel is a massive parade that takes place through the main streets of Mendoza. And you will be able to experience it in person with a privileged location. After the event, enjoy lunch in a typical restaurant in the center of the city of Mendoza. In the evening we will participate on the great event, the Grand National Harvest Festival, which starts at 10:00 pm. Also we will enter to the amphitheater an hour in advance, for you to enjoy the spectacle offered by the "bars" of different queens both the property itself and in the surrounding hills. The main event is a show made entirely by artist of Mendoza, looking year after year to capture the culture of work in the vineyards through impeccable performances and musical numbers of international level. So the show's narrative takes us on a journey through the history of wine and its makers to end the election and coronation ceremony of the National Harvest Queen.

Day 3 - Sunday:

Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning we pick you up to begin the first visit to a winery in the Mendoza High River or First Zone. Here are the most prestigious vineyards of Malbec (Argentinian wine grape logo in the world) and many of the wineries doers of internationally recognized wines. Will visit the premises of the winery and our guide taught us about the wines from Mendoza, processes and systems driving vines and taste the benefits of their products. Then we know the second winery of the day in which we will share a talk about tasting techniques and of course taste the wines of our hosts. We will participate in the magic combination of aromas, colors and flavors that is a menu specially created to combine with wines from the winery, so also learn how to combine (merge) different types of dishes suitable varietals and create exquisite combinations for body and soul. We will relax and let the god Baco do its job. When you tell us, we will transfer from the hotel to the airport or bus station in Mendoza. Farewell. If you wish we can combine your stay in Mendoza with any of the wonderful destinations Altura – Argentina Tourism & Wines has to offer in Argentina.

Note: This Program of activities is presented as a guide and it is flexible. You may propose suggestions or changes that will help us make you enjoy your stay in Mendoza even more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Services included

  • Bilingual guide specialized in wines and permanent coordination (English, Portuguese, Spanish, German, French, Italian, etc.).
  • 2 visits to wineries with wine tasting. One of the visits is with lunch included.
  • Tickets for access to the Vintage Festival.
  • 1 adventure activity.
  • 1 tour to the city of Mendoza.
  • 2 nights at a selected hotel with breakfast (single or double).
  • All the transportations are in a private vehicle.
  • Transportation from airport or bus station to hotel and vice versa in a private vehicle.

 

Not included services:

  • Options and extras not included in the program.
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Options of Wineries to Visit

Maipu Area: La Rural, Tempus Alba, Finca Flichman, Carina E,Viña el Cerno, López, Reyter, Tapaus, López, Navarro Correas, Bodega Benegas, Bodega Familia Zuccardi.

Lujan Area: Achaval Ferrer, Tapiz, Catena Zapata, Alta Vista, Nieto Senetiner, Cavas de Weinert, - Luigi Bosca, Lagarde, Fabre Montmayou, Chandon, Norton, Finca Decero, Sèptima, Viniterra, Clos de Chacras, Sottano, Ruca Malen, Hacienda del Plata, Lagarde, Nieto Senetiner y Séptima.

Options subject to availability.

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Options of Adventure Activities to Do

  • Mountain bike along the wine ways.
  • Ride horsing at the Andean foothills.
  • Rafting at Mendoza River.
  • Trekking to the Aconcagua viewpoint.

Options subject to availability at the selected date.

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Accommodation Options

  • Wine Lodge: Postales del Plata, Casa Margot, Posada Robles de Besares..
  • 5 stars: Diplomatic, Sheraton, Park Hyatt Mendoza.
  • 4 stars: Aconcagua, Nh, San Lorenzo Apart Hotel.
  • 3 stars: Princess, Carollo, Condos Suites, Bonarda.

Options subject to availability at the selected date.

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Other Suggested Optional Activities

  • Cooking classes at a winery.
  • Special wine tastings.
  • Picnics in the park of a winery.
  • Cold meat nibbles at wineries.
  • A ride through vineyards in a classical car.
  • Chocolates and wine tasting.

Options subject to availability at the date selected.

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It is good to know about:

  • Distances
    Buenos Aires – Mendoza city: 1040 km.
    Mendoza city – Valle de Uco: 110km.
    Mendoza city - San Rafael: 233 km.
    Mendoza city – Las Leñas: 400 km.
  • Flight frequencies - Buenos Aires / Mendoza / Buenos Aires
    There are daily flights that connect Buenos Aires /Mendoza/Buenos Aires from 6:00 am until 10 pm. Visit www.aa2000.com.ar for more information.
  • Bus frequencies - Buenos Aires / Mendoza / Buenos Aires
    There are many bus companies that connect Buenos Aires with Mendoza and vice versa every day. The majority of the departure schedules start at 17 pm at any of the two points and the trip lasts approximately 12 hours.
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