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Article updated as of April 28, 2016

Grapes ready and waiting to be turned into wine!

Grapes ready and waiting to be turned into wine!


 

It’s time for our annual Vendimia listing! Don’t know what all these vendimia’s (harvests) you’re hearing about are? The term applies to all fall harvests, but is most often used to define the wine harvest and the festivals that celebrate the year’s harvest for the winery and the local community (including visitors!). You can learn more here! If you already know all about vendimias then get ready for this year’s festivities in Chile and beyond.

 

Just some of the wines you can sample at the local Casablanca Vendimia each year!

Just some of the wines you can sample at the local Casablanca Vendimia each year!


 

Most vendimias are not planned too far in advance due to the unpredictable nature of the harvest. If your favorite wine valley, town or winery hasn’t announced their 2016 events yet, then check back closer to last year’s dates, they usually are around the same time every year. We have * and listed prior year’s dates for those that haven’t been announced yet and will update them as soon as they are. We are listing vendimia’s and celebrations in Chile, Argentina and Uruguay! If you visit any please let us know what your experience was! If you know of any that we don’t have listed please send their details to us and we’ll add them to our list.

 

Grape stomping at the local Buin Vendima!

Grape stomping at the local Buin Vendima!

Chile

Valle del Limari (Limari Valley)

Fiesta de la Vendimia de Ovalle is being held February 27 & 28, 2016 in the Plaza de Armas in Ovalle, last year it started at 7pm.

 

Valle de Aconcagua (Aconcagua Valley)

Wineries:
*Viña San Esteban offered a Tour & Vendimia program in April and May of 2015 for $35.000 CLP per person with a minimum of 4 people. Contact them for dates and availability.

 

Valle de Casablanca (Casablanca Valley)

Casablanca’s Vendimia is being held April 9-10, 2016 in the Plaza de Armas de Casablanca.

2da Fiesta de la Vendimia Quilpué – El Belloto 2016 is being held April 23-24, 2016 in Plaza Arturo Prat, Quilpue.

Wineries:
*Kingston Family Winery usually has vendima tours with lunch during March, April and May only with reservations, prior years started at $40.000 CLP per person. Contact them for current details and pricing.

*House Casa Del Vino had their vendimia on April 5, 2014.

 

Valle de San Antonio (San Antonio Valley)

Viña Casa Marín 2016 Wine Festival the 9th annual Wine Festival is being held in the town of Lo Abarca, Cartagena, on April 30, 2016 from 11am-6pm.

Wineries:
Casa Marín also has ”Working at Casa Marín for a Day” available only during the harvest season for $41,250 CLP per person. Contact them for dates and availability.

 

Valle del Maipo (Maipo Valley)

Ñuñoa (Yes you read that right, a Vendimia in Santiago proper!)
Fiesta de la Vendimia is being held April 29 & 30 and May 1, 2016 at Plaza Ñuñoa.

Isla de Maipo
*Unfortunately the Vendimia is not being held this year.
XII Fiesta de la Vendimia Isla de Maipo was held March 28-29, 2015 at the Plaza de Armas de Isla de Maipo.

Pirque
The Fiesta del Vino de Pirque is being held April 9-10, 2016.

Buin
Fiesta de la Vendimia de Chile Buin is being held (date moved to due weather) April 22-24, 2015 on Avenida Parque O’Higgins, Buin.

Wineries:
De Martino usually has a harvest tour, available only during the harvest season, prior years cost was $10.000 CLP per person. Contact them for dates and availability.

 

Valle del Cachapoal (Cachapoal Valley)

Pichidegua
9° Versión de la Fiesta de la Vendimia Valle de Almahue 2016 is being held in Pichidegua on April 30 & May 1, 2016.

Rengo
Fiesta de la Vendimia is being held April 1-2, 2016 in Plaza de Armas, Rengo.

Wineries:
Fiesta de la Vendimia Viña ANAKENA is being held May 14, 2016 at Viña Anakena, Requínoa.

 

Valle de Colchagua (Colchagua Valley)

Fiesta de la Vendimia Valle Colchagua/Santa Cruz is being held March 4-6, 2016 in Plaza de Armas, Santa Cruz.

Vendimia Peralillo Colchagua 2016 is being held April 9 & 10, 2016 in the Parque Municipal of Peralillo.

Santa Cruz, Ruta del Vino has a full day harvest program including the Vendimia and transportation to and from Santiago for $47.900 CLP per person on March 6, 2016.

Lolol is holding their first ever gran Fiesta de la Vendimia Lolol 2016 this year (date moved to due weather), April 30 & May 1, 2016.

Wineries:
Viu Manet has a special vendimia program available during the harvest season for $50.000 CLP per person.

MontGras has a special harvest program available February – May. Contact them for prices, dates and availability.

Pilar Rodriguez Food & Wine Studio has a special vendimia menu March 4-6th, 2016, book early spaces are very limited! $35-45.000 CLP per person.

Estampa usually has a harvest program during March & April. Contact them for prices, dates and availability.

 

Valle del Curicó (Curicó Valley)

41st Carnaval del Vino Lontué 2016 is being held in the Plaza de Lontué, in Lontué April 1-10, 2016, with musical acts April 1-2, 2016.

Fiesta de la Vendimia de Chile Curicó 2015 is being held in la Plaza de Armas March 17-20, 2016.

Festival Folclórico de la Vendimia de Molina, is being held March 10-13, 2016.

Wineries:
*San Pedro usually has a harvest tour during March and April. You need to reserve with a 5 days notice, prior years were $80 USD per person.

 

Valle del Maule (Maule Valley)

Chillán
The Fiesta de la Vendimia is being held April 1-3, 2016 in the Paseo Peatonal and the Plaza de Armas in Chillán.

The 3° Fiesta De La Vendimia Portezuelo 2016 is being held Sunday March 27th, 2016 in Portezuelo.

 

Valle del Bío Bío (Bío Bío Valle)

Chillán
The III Fiesta de la Vendimia is being held April 16-17, 2016 in the escuela rural del sector Quinel.

Argentina

Mendoza, Argentina

Mendoza is just a 45 minute flight from Santiago and has one of the biggest and most popular vendimias in South America! Official events from March 4-8, 2016.

 

Salta, Argentina

*Salta is another of Argentina’s big wine regions and their Vendimia event was March 13-24, 2015

 

Rio Negro, Patagonia, Argentina

Rio Negro’s 37th Fiesta Provincial de la Vendimia is being held in Villa Regina, March 4-6, 2016.

Uruguay

Los Canelones

Between Colonia and Montevideo, both popular day trips from Buenos Aires, lies Los Canelones home to the majority of Uruguayan wineries.

Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia is being held in Montevideo on March 5th, 2016 from 7pm.

Wineries:
34°Sur, Feria del Vino events are being held in Montevideo & Los Canelones, February 27, March 4, 5, 11, 12, 20, 2016.

Establecimiento Juanicó is holding the Festival de la Vendimia, March 5th, 2016.

 

Maldonado

Between Montevideo and the popular beaches of Punta del Este you’ll cross the Maldonado wine region.

Wineries:
Alto de la Ballena is holding the Festival de la Vendimia March 5th, 2016 starting at noon.

Year Round Wine Tasting

If you just want to do a regular tour or tasting at one of the local wineries while you visiting Chile, then follow our guides to visit:

Viña Aquitania and Viña Cousiño Macul
Viña Concha y Toro
Viña Undurraga
Casablanca Valley Wine Tour

Or in Argentina, head to Mendoza:
Valley Uco Wine Tour

Or Mar del Plata, just a few hours south of Buenos Aires:
Costa y Pampa

 

Note: This story was accurate when published. Please be sure to confirm all details directly with the sites in question before planning your trip.

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