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2016 Vendimias Celebrate Wine in Chile and Beyond!


 
Grapes ready for the harvest!

Grapes ready for the harvest!

It’s Vendimia time! If you’re not familiar with the vendimia (harvest) it applies to all fall harvests, but is also 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 here you go, here are this year’s festivities in Chile and beyond.

Wine tasting booths at a local vendimia!

Wine tasting booths at a local vendimia!

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 2015 events yet, then check back closer to last year’s dates, they usually are around the same time every year. We have listed prior year’s dates for those that haven’t been announced yet and will update them as soon as they are.

Dancing the Cueca at Casablanca's Vendimia

Dancing the Cueca at Casablanca’s Vendimia

Valle del Limari (Limari Valley)

Fiesta de la Vendimia de Ovalle is being held February 28 & March 1, 2015 in the Plaza de Armas in Ovalle starting at 7pm.

 

Valle de Aconcagua (Aconcagua Valley)

Wineries:
Viña San Esteban has a Tour & Vendimia program available only in April and May 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 April 11-12, 2015 in the Plaza de Armas de Casablanca.

Wineries:
Kingston Family Winery 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 2015 Wine Festival the eighth annual Wine Festival in being held in the town of Lo Abarca, Cartagena, on May 2nd, 2015 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)

Isla de Maipo
XII Fiesta de la Vendimia Isla de Maipo is being 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 11-12, 2015.

Buin
Fiesta de la Vendimia de Chile Buin is being held April 17-19, 2015 on Avenida Parque O’Higgins, Buin.

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

 

Valle del Cachapoal (Cachapoal Valley)

Pichidegua
8° Versión de la Fiesta de la Vendimia Valle de Almahue 2015 is being held in Pichidegua on May 1-2, 2015.

Rengo
Fiesta de la Vendimia is being held March 27-28, 2015 in Plaza de Armas, Rengo.

 

Valle de Colchagua (Colchagua Valley)

Fiesta de la Vendimia Valle Colchagua/Santa Cruz is being held March 6-8, 2015 in Plaza de Armas, Santa Cruz.

Vendimia Peralillo Colchagua 2015 is being held March 28-29, 2015 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 starting at $39.900 CLP per person on March 7, 2015.

Wineries:
Viu Manet has a special vendimia program available Saturdays, March 28th, April 11 & 18, 2015 for $50.000 CLP per person, as well as other harvest related events.

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

Pilar Rodriguez Food & Wine Studio is doing a special vendimia menu March 7th, 2015, book early spaces are very limited! $52.800 CLP per person.

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

 

Valle del Curicó (Curicó Valley)

Fiesta de la Vendimia de Chile Curicó 2015 is being held in la Plaza de Armas March 19-22, 2015.

Festival Folclórico de la Vendimia de Molina, is being held March 12-15, 2015.

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

 

Valle del Maule (Maule Valley)

Chillán
The Fiesta de la Vendimia is being held March 13-15, 2015 in the Paseo Peatonal and the Plaza de Armas in Chillán.

Molina
XL Festival Folclórico de la Vendimia de Molina is being held March 12-15, 2015.

 

Mendoza, Argentina

Although not in Chile, 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 1-10, 2015.

Salta, Argentina

Also not in Chile but Salta is another of Argentina’s big wine regions and their Vendimia events run from March 13-24, 2015

 

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

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

Or in Mendoza, Argentina:
Valley Uco Wine Tour

 

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

To learn more about Beth, read her bio!