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.
Properties are located within downtown, completely furnished and are close to all tourist attractions, shopping and dining, an alternative to the typical hotel experience.
A sister hotel of the Diplomatic, the Executive offers the same level of quality, while a bit less expensive as it is cozier. It is a reliable and an excellent option to consider for business travel on a budget.
San Lorenzo apartments offers fully furnished apartments for one person or for families - rooftop pool, continental breakfast, and meeting room included.
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.
The idea for El Palenque was to create a restaurant in the same style of the traditional Argentine pulperia. A pulperia was the hub of activity in every town where people would go to drink wine, buy different products, and share the town’s gossip.
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.
This café offers an Argentine breakfast menu warm media lunas with cheese and ham or tortitas and coffee with milk.
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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