Vendimia: The Wine and Pisco Festival
The Vendimia International Festival has been celebrated since 1958, its main purpose being to promote the wine culture, concentrated in the southern region of Peru.
The vineyards are a very important part of the economy in the southern cities of Ica and Pisco, and help boost financial growth in the area. Peru is known worldwide for its pisco and wine, and is one of the most important wine producers in Latin America.
This festivity is a tradition to celebrate – and in a certain way – give thanks for the fertile lands. Typically, different producers allow the public to enter their vineyards, giving the tourists and visitors a special experience, where they can enjoy learning about the process of making pisco and wine.
This year, the town of Paracas – home to the Ballestas Islands and the Paracas National Reserve – will host the Vendimia International Festival for the first time. bus to get to or from your hotel. Safer and cheaper than a taxi with no baggage limit as well as free Wi-Fi and USB chargers onboard, it is ideal for travellers. Expecting thousands of visitors, Paracas is getting ready to welcome both international and Peruvian tourists.
During the celebrations, attendees will be able to experience rituals honouring wine, as well as enjoy nice tours to the different wineries – these places usually offer great price promotions for those interested in purchasing pisco and wine.
For two days, and as part of the celebrations, there will be concerts, fireworks, dance contests, food and drink fairs, craft fairs, and extreme sports, such as sandboarding.
Of course, the most important event is the “Reina de la Vendimia” beauty pageant, where they choose the “Vendimia Queen”. Once crowned, as part of the tradition, the queen will tread grapes to extract juice, which will later be fermented.
The city of Paracas will turn into a party town, and the best part is that the entrance is free! This is an opportunity that shouldn’t be missed.
Date: March 24th and 25th
Where: Playa “El Chaco”
Best way to get there: Peru Hop bus
Vendimia in Cusco
Cusco is known for its great coffee and for its tasty cheese (queso serrano), but in order to promote the Pisco culture amongst locals and tourists, this year the Museum of Pisco will celebrate the “Vendimia”.
Different Pisco Bodegas will get together, offering sampling and tasting, with brands like Tres Generaciones (Ica), 4 Fundos, (San Antonio), Torre de la Gala (La Joya- Arequipa) and Pisco Portón being just a few of the guests that will be part of this event.
Date: March 18th
Where: Museo del Pisco – Calle Santa Catalina Ancha 398 Cuzco
Best way to get there: It’s just a few blocks by foot from the main plaza in Cusco.
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Looking to increase tourism and the wine culture on this side of the capital city, the Lima Norte authorities, along with Cocktail Peru, have organised a Vendimia Festival. This will be held between March 31st and April 2nd at the Lima Norte Main Square of Los Olivos (Plaza Mayor de Los Olivos).
This event will bring together bartending and cooking schools, as well as other related companies that will have the chance to promote their products and services. There will be workshops, wine tasting, and other culinary and traditional activities.
Date: March 31st to April 2nd
Where: Av. Carlos Izaguirre 813
Best way to get there: Taxi
Note: If you plan to attend this event in Los Olivos, make sure you go with a local who knows the area – this part of Lima isn’t a typical tourist spot, and neither is it considered very safe.
The International Vendimia Festival is celebrated every year in Ica. As part of a yearly tradition, the festival is celebrated to unify art and the wine culture. Live music, shows, and even a beauty pageant are held during this 2 day celebration.
This festival allows all visitors to take a tour around the most important vineyards in Ica. There are also bartending contests and culinary fairs as part of this big event. La Reina del Festival (Festival Queen), is a beauty pageant which is a typical part of any Vendimia event.
Starting with La Pisa de Uvas (grape stomping), this is followed by a great parade, before the winner is finally chosen after a short walk down the runway.
Date: March 10th and 11th
Where: San Juan Bautista district
Best way to get there: Peru Hop bus + Taxi (from Huacachina)