As the final grape harvests come in, we recap the celebrations around the country so you can plan your next visit here to enjoy Chile's harvest in person!
Our wine valleys put on their best show as thousands of people enjoyed the Chilean wine, food, music and fun activities to celebrate the harvest. Between March and April each wine valley had their own harvest party, each unique in its own way. We take a look back at the parties and how they unfolded across the country.
Santa Cruz is an unforgettable harvest feast with the best wines of the Colchagua Valley. Food, crafts and both national and international artists like Nicole, Américo, Fulanito and Los Pericos performed the first weekend in March to celebrate the incoming harvest. The event was held in the main square of Santa Cruz, and this year once again it counted on the participation of 12 wineries that make up the official Colchagua wine route.
This year what really made its impression on visitors was the premium wine bar that gave wine lovers an opportunity to try wines ranging from $20USD through to almost $200USD a bottle! Colchagua is famous for its Carmenere, and there was no lack of excellent Carmenere to try as well as other varieties that showed the diversity of Colchagua valley: from the mountainous regions through to the cooler coastal vineyards.
The celebration in Chillan
In Chile's south, the celebrations last three days. As per tradition there was a Catholic mass held in the Plaza Chile Sargento Aldea to bless the harvest, as well as many opportunities to taste the fruits of harvests past.
The Itata Valley showcased their wines in a special wine tent where thousands of visitors got to taste the local 'vino' from 18 different producers ranging from Moscatel to Pais.
Casablanca and some exciting news
It wasn't just the excitment of harvest in the air, but also the buzz of the news that Valparaiso and Casablanca would be the next hosts for the Great Wine Capitals awards meeting next year. Announced at the harvest festival, it added to the air of celebration as emblematic varieties from the valley such as Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Syrah were being poured.
A special games sector, live music with guest artists, local folk groups, craft exhibitions, local cuisine tastings and classes helped make the harvest party an occassion for all the family.
Peralillo's Harvest Celebration
Wine tastings, local food stands, crafts and artistic performances throughout the day delighted the hundreds of attendees at the Peralillo Harvest Festival.
The Feast of Ninhue
In Ninhue you could sample the local brew as well as the local wine with a great variety of microbrew and wine stands. They were accompanied by local cuisine, craft stands and music, while the most important events were the arrival of grapes from the vineyards and the election of the Harvest Queen of Ninhue.
Visitors and tourists could participate in picking grapes in a nearby vineyard before it was brought to the party, blessed and duly troddon on during a foot stomping session to help it on its way to become wine.
Pirque Wine Festival
Harvest also came to the suburbs of Santiago, as residents and visitors gathered in Pirque just 30mins from Santiago city centre. Local vineyards shared their best wines and visitors could acommpany the Cabernet with Chilean food, crafts and music from renowned musical groups such as Inti Illimani Illapu, Alexis Venegas, and Los del Maipo among others.
In the capital of the Maule Region the festivities took place on the Wine Boulevard, the Diagonal Isidora del Solar. Vineyards, chefs and craftsmen all had their stands and the stage was a focal entertainment point with live performances throughout.
Book your tickets, and make sure to join us next year at some of our harvests festivals!