The Harvest Season Begins!
In March, the typical festivities honoring Chilean wine begin and the different valleys of the country are organizing various events, always accompanied by fine cuisine, music and traditional games.
One of the most important wine-producing valleys is not to be missed from the celebrations, for this year scheduled between Friday 8 and Sunday 10 of March, at the Plaza de Armas de Santa Cruz.
There, the over 20 vineyards of the area present their most representative productions together with the newest creations of the year. Besides wine tastings, some typical handicrafts of the region and exquisite local cuisine can be seen and tasted there.
Free entry. Tasting glasses from $7,000.
More information see: Colchaguavalley.cl
The Curicó Valley with its most popular vineyards such as Miguel Torres and Valdivieso will be celebrating at the Plaza de Armas between Thursday 21 and Sunday 24 of March.
Aside from the classic highlights of these festivities such as folkloristic music and typical food of the region, Curicó is well known for keeping alive manufacturing traditions such as a competition in trampling and mashing grapes and the election of the Queen of the Harvest.
You can also enjoy a "Pileta de la Prosperidad", a water fountain that will be filled with more than 500 liters of wine to savor at no cost.
Free entrance to the festival. Tasting glasses from $1,000.
More information see: Rutadelvinocurico.cl
As perhaps the most popular and touristic of them all, the Casablanca Valley is one of the most important representatives of the Chilean wine industry, and especially known for its white vines.
Casablanca`s festival takes place on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 of March in the Municipal Stadium of Casablanca, where besides various tastings, you can enjoy local dishes, handicraft and folkloristic shows.
Entrance is free.
More information see: Rutadelvinodecasablanca.cl
The Maipo Valley is also part of this important festivity where, among other events, visitors can enjoy a show of classic grape tamping and taste the most outstanding wines of the region, along with typical cuisine and live music. This festival takes place on April 6 and 7 at the Plaza de Armas in Isla de Maipo.
In the Maipo Valley there is also a festivity taking place (27-28 April) in the Majadas de Pirque, a palace dating back to 1907. Here, the festival called "Vendimia 1551" (the year in which the first harvest was made in Chile with grapes from Spain during the Spanish Conquest) is taking place.
More than 20 vineyards in the area will be attending this event, plus yu can also savor traditional live music and various activities for the whole family.
More information see: Islademaipo.cl