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Festivales de Vendimia – Harvest 2014

Festivales de Vendimia – Harvest 2014

Posted by Juan Gavasa on March 10, 2014

While it takes some adjustment for people from the Northern Hemisphere, harvest festivals take place here in the fall, which is between March and May. Here are a few of the larger, more accessible fairs taking place.

COLCHAGUA VALLEY: Festival de la Vendimia, Santa Cruz. March 7-9, 2014.

By far the largest and most popular of the harvest festivals, Colchagua has been called the Napa Valley of Chile. Some of the biggest names in Chilean wine have their wineries here, and many of them are open to the public. This year’s festival, the 15th annual, has the theme “From Mountains to Sea”, which aims to show the diversity of the valley from east to west.

Fourteen wineries will be participating in the event, taking place in Plaza de Armas of Santa Cruz. World-renowned brands such as Lapostolle, Montes and Casa Silva will be there. Look for an abundance of full-bodied reds from this valley, such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Carménère, as well as other not-so-common varieties, like the Carignan-Grenache-Mouvedre (CGM) blend from Montes, and the signature grape of Argentina, Malbec, from Viu Manent. This event attracts an extremely large crowd, with more than 100,000 people expected to attend. While a bit far, it is possible to make this a day trip from Santiago. Cost: CLP $5,000 – includes entry to the fair and a glass for tasting.

CASABLANCA VALLEY: Festival de la Vendimia, Casablanca. April 12-13, 2014.

On April 12-13, Casablanca Valley will celebrate its harvest in the city of Casablanca, located between Santiago and the coastal city of Valparaíso. An extremely easy day trip from Santiago, the action will take place in the Plaza de Armas of Casablanca and features more than ten participating wineries from the valley. Big names here include Casas del Bosque, Matetic, Bodegas Re and Emiliana. In this cool-climate valley, you will find many varieties of white wines, such as Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, sparkling wines, as well as cool-climate reds, notably Pinot Noir and Syrah.  There will of course be entertainment, local artisan crafts, and typical Chilean food (think empanadas, grilled meat, and sweets). Cost: CLP $4,000 – includes a glass and tickets for three tastings.

CURICÓ VALLEY: Fiesta de la Vendimia, Curicó. March 27-30, 2014.

The oldest harvest festival in Chile, Curicó will be holding its 28th annual celebration in the Plaza de Armas from Thursday through Sunday. Located about 200 kilometers south of Santiago, Curicó is home to wineries such as Spain’s Miguel Torres, and the powerhouse winery of San Pedro, one of the largest in all of Chile. Here, you will find a large diversity of varieties, but Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere still dominate the landscape, while Sauvignon Blanc is the most widely planted white variety. Look for Miguel Torres’ rosé sparkling wine, made from the Pais grape, as well as a variety of late-harvest wines. Over 10 wineries will be present, and over 100,000 people are expected to attend. Cost: CLP 2500 for the glass, and CLP 500 per tasting ticket.

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