Mendoza is a great place to come for festivals, and the most important one each year is Vendimia. This huge event celebrates the year’s grape harvest - primarily focusing on the wine regions, but also including all other harvested fruit. The festivities include a parade, a pageant, music and dance, amazing food, and fireworks. It is an absolute must when visiting the region during harvest.
Vendimia kicks off the first Friday of March, with a parade at night of the beauty queen nominees vying for the title of “Reina Nacional de la Vendimia” from the different provinces of Mendoza. The aspiring beauties are dressed in pageant attire and parade through town on floats that represent their respective regions and its signature fruit.
On the evening before the (main Vendimia) parade, there is an incredible outdoor concert in Plaza Independencia, often with impromptu tango and salsa dancing in the crowd - quite a spectacle.
On parade morning, find spots right outside the main gates of Parque San Martin to watch the floats come through the gates under a sea of confetti. Float by float, the beauty queens slowly cruise by, throwing grapes, peaches, apples, pears, and even huge cantaloupes into the crowd. Young children have baskets strapped to long poles for catching fruit thrown from the floats and posters of the beauty queens.
That evening, the Acto Central is performed. It is an impressive performance of over 1000 dancers, fireworks, and live music where the Vendimia queen is selected with much grandeur by a panel of 50 judges. The performance is replicated the following two nights.
Vendimia is Mendoza's busiest time of year. Book your hotel as soon as possible, and your flight far in advance, as travel costs can get pricey if you book it last minute.
Local tour agencies can help you secure tickets to the Acto Central - the main event where the Vendimia Queen is elected. .
Located in one of the nicest neighborhoods in Mendoza city, walking distance from the city center, Casa Lila Bed and Breakfast makes you feel like you are part of their family.
Located In Mendoza’s main culinary hub, just blocks away from Sarmiento, Hotel Diplomatic has 19 floors, impressive architecture, and enormous rooms and comfortable beds that helped it to earn its five star ranking.
Located in the center of downtown Mendoza on historic Plaza Independencia, Park Hyatt Mendoza is well known as the first five star hotel in the city.
For travelers who wish to have a relaxed hostel stay in Mendoza, Chimbas is a great spot. Guests can start their day with fresh seasonal fruits, homemade breads and marmalades surrounded by Mediterranean architecture outside the city.
One block from Plaza Independencia, at the corner of Espejo Espana and Espejo, Hotel Mendoza provides good service and value for the price.
A boutique hotel, the architecture at Villaggio is focused on small but functional spaces, designed with character and comfort.
An institution in Mendoza because of the inventive fire-based cooking style, this restaurant is regularly cited as the best in Mendoza by top travel publications around the world, from Departures to the New York Times.
Appropriately named, this bistro is both friendly and fresh. It's also a nice change from some of the heavier fare served in most of Mendoza's great restaurants.
Decorated in white tile, this one-year old restaurant has a very contemporary feel and offers top quality gourmet food in a casual yet chic environment. Maria Antonieta is open all day for breakfast, lunch, dinner – including through the siesta hour…
Part of the growing set of private dining establishments in Mendoza, Al Pasillo is a closed door restaurant in Mendoza city. Chef Angelo and his wife, Claudia, invite you to the intimacy of their home for a unique dining experience.
Like most cafes they don’t only offer café but a variety of delicious pastries and some filling snacks. At Dun Ken you will find all the pastries out for viewing, making your selections much easier.
This is an authentic Italian gem. Owned by young chef Sebastian Flores, this restaurant is one of the city’s prettiest plazas, appropriately Plaza Italia, and has an eclectic mix of artwork, nice music and delicious food.
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Discover the Andes is all about exploring the mountains and participating in excursions and activities ranging from expeditions in Maipu Volcano, crossing the Andes by foot, valley trekking and wine tours at the foot of the Andes too.
Uncorking Argentina are experts in creating fantastic customized tours for small groups. They have been in business for over seventeen years and have long standing relationships with many wineries and restaurants and a great deal of expertise in maki…
Ampora Wine Tour's specialty is creating the best custom wine experience to fit your wine taste and interests.
The owner of Ituzaingo restaurant is happy to arrange art tours for you directly. Gonzalo, a gregarious artist himself, has close relationships with many of the artists, so this is an experience sure to provide a unique level of access to art not see…
Tasting Mendoza specializes in organizing upscale gourmet wine tours, focused on gastronomy and vacation. They can arrange fabulous excursions for small or large tour groups, creating personal itineraries to suit all interests.
Trout and Wine offers visits to a wide range of Argentine wineries. From tours and tastings at wineries from old to new, modern technology and old-fashioned equipment, Trout and Wine has many options.
Bike through the Uco Valley or Lujan de Cuyo with Mendoza Wine & Bike Tour. If you choose to venture out with the Uco Valley tour, you can bike to the prestigious Andeluna or Salentein wineries.
Rbike's is a bike rental company based in Mendoza city. Rental options can be supplemented with activities such as kayaking, rafting, horseback riding, rappeling, canopy (ziplining), and trekking.
Kaua Spa, located in the Park Hyatt on Plaza Independencia, offers a range of unique Thai massages, facials, vinotherapy treatments, and salon treatments for both men and women.
Vertientes Spa & Aesthetics, run by Pueblo del Río, is a space for wellness. This exclusive spa, now in the in Villaggio hotel as well as in the original Portrellos location, is a great spot for relaxation.
Palmares Shopping Mall is located 15 minutes south of the city of Mendoza. With 10 movie theaters, 120 stores (primarily authentic Argentine brands), and many restaurants, most notably the quintessial Argentine steakhouse, Don Mario.
Alpataco specializes in wine, leather, creole silverware, wine accessories and mates and pots. Located on Sarmiento in central Mendoza, right off Plaza Independencia, you can also participate in wine tastings from time to time.
Cueros Armandos is a women’s clothing store on Las Heras, the city of Mendoza, known for getting great bargains on purchasing leather jackets. Traditional leather is available as well as bright and bold colors.
Ice cream here is an art form – a culinary experience in its own right. There are six locations of Ferruccio Soppelsa ice cream in the city and it's been here for 80 years. A word of caution: once you walk in, you won't be able to stop coming back.
Located in the Guaymallen area, Mendoza Plaza Shopping is 10-15 minutes outside of the city. If you are seeking a shopping mall in Mendoza, this is the place to go.
Grocery shopping in Mendoza can be an exciting adventure to witness, especially if you go to Mercado Central (central market) in downtown Mendoza where fresh meats of all kinds are on display, and authentic foods are available for sampling.
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A collection of Miro originals and prints in the Municipal de Arte Moderno de Mendoza (MAMM) has certainly been one of the artistic highlights of the year in the city with the modern art space hotly attended by locals and tourists during the month-lo…
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On May 5th, a collection of runners from around the world will make their way from Potrerillos dam to Parque San Martin as they complete the 14th Annual Mendoza International Marathon. Full marathon, half marathon and 10 K races will occur.
Sponsored by the Ministry of Agribusiness and Technology, Mendoza will host a indoor/outdoor museum and fair aimed at educating visitors on the developments in science and technology across a wide spectrum of industries: from monitoring volcanic acti…
This year's harvest Megadegustación offer fine wines and sparkling wines from the best wineries in the province.
ECELA is a Spanish school in Mendoza specializing in helping foreigners to learn the language. Intensive programs as short as one week, and as long as four months are available.
The cozy theater hosts cultural events on weekends, featuring music and dancing. Government sponsored, this museum includes expositions from artists from Mendoza and other provinces.
Owner Pablo Lavoisier is a great artist who focuses on wood. He has a fabulous landscape exhibit in this space of mountaings. Annually, there is a three day exposition of work from more than 50 artists from Argentina.
Set inside the home of Gonzalo Cuervo, Ituzaingo is firstly a restaurant but also a wonderful display of paintings and sculptures.
Located in the magnificent 16-hectare Parque San Martin in the heart of Mendoza's city, Nave Cultural is a vital link that unites all people in the community
Roberto Rosas' House & Sculpture Workshop is a unique place in Mendoza where art and architecture are integrated to be contemporary and functional. It features sculptures and art of all types, both his own and from other artists.
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