Grape Harvest Festival in Queretaro
We know that the scent of wood and fruits makes your senses vibrate when you perceive it in a glass of good wine. But, are you aware of everything that lies behind the production of the bottle that contains this elixir? What lies behind it is a festive and joyful celebration.
When is the Grape Harvest?
The grape harvest takes place every year, and it’s when they pick the ripe grapes that will be used in wine-making the following year. Around the world, this event is celebrated in an event known as the Grape Harvest Festival, which is organized in different seasons, depending on the ideal grape picking dates that correspond to each region where they’re cultivated. For example, in the northern hemisphere this occurs between July and October, while in the southern hemisphere the festival takes place between February and April.
In Mexico, and particularly in the state of Queretaro, vineyards hold these celebrations in July. During this festival they organize different activities related with wine such as wine tastings and tours of the vineyards. All of this is accompanied by live music of different genres including jazz, rock and even medieval dances. Therefore, the festival is truly an unforgettable experience.
When you participate in it, one of the activities DINKtravelers recommends the most is the wine-tasting express course in which you’ll learn fun facts about wine, how to taste it and even what the right way to hold stemware is. Evidently, you’ll have the opportunity to taste a wide variety of red, white and rosé wines produced by the host vineyard, and you’ll get the chance to visit the premises while you learn more about the elaboration process of this precious and exquisite liquid that dances in your fine glass.
What is pigeage?
One of the most traditional events that take place during the festival is the pigeage or grape stomping. They’ll invite you to climb into big vats full of grapes and then you’ll have to macerate them with your feet as is accustomed in traditional wine-making processes. Don’t miss the chance to feel the unforgettable sensation of the grapes under your feet, as you become part of this homage to the best gift we inherited from the vine. If this is your first time participating in this activity, we suggest holding on to the ropes on the sides of the vat because the surface under your feet will be quite slippery.
Later, take a tour around the vineyards either by land, on small trucks, or if you enjoy flying and aerial views, on a helicopter ride. The best news is that, even though the Grape Harvest Festival only lasts one weekend, you’ll get the opportunity to visit the vineyards year-round and enjoy different events every season.
Don’t miss the chance to become part of the celebrations of the vine!