By The Miss McG
Next stop, Mendoza – famous for its Malbec wine. We’d timed the trip perfectly as there was a wine festival being held the weekend we arrived. Vendimia – or the harvest – is a celebration of wine crossed with beauty pageant. I’m not a fan of pageants but being Queen of the wine is something I can support!
After a couple of flights, we arrived and checked into our hostel. Unfortunately it was pretty dire and we decided it wasn’t for us so we moved to another nice apartment instead. By the time we were settled, there wasn’t much of the evening left but we found a place to eat and watch the parade. There were about a dozen floats from different districts, each with their queen and princesses passing out grapes and even the odd bottle of wine to the crowds. Children had made contraptions made from baskets taped to long sticks so the goodies could be passed down to them. It wasn’t as big as I’d expected but it was fun to watch nonetheless.
The next day, we headed to the main park but came across a much bigger parade so walked along with it for a while before finding a bar to settle in. This was more like it. The same floats as the night before and many more. There were dozens of groups dancing about dressed in spectacular costumes – although I felt quite sorry for those in velour in this heat!
The queens passed by, waving and throwing treats. I was very pleased to catch some grapes that were simply delicious.
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