September means springtime in Argentina, when all of Buenos Aires is in full bloom. The fashions turn saucy, the cafes move outdoors into the sunshine and fine Argentine wines flow as the world warms.
It’s a time of celebration, when last year’s harvest has been safely bottled and put to bed, and new green leaves begin to appear in the region’s well-known vineyards. The celebrated Malbec, now the cornerstone of the Argentine export market, is just one of the fine wines flowing through the streets of Buenos Aires. If you’d like to learn more about what this country has to offer, try to make it here for the Expo Feria de Vinos y Bodegas.
The “Festival of Wines and Vineyards,” now in its fifteenth year, is today the second biggest wine cultural event on the Argentine calendar (after Mendoza’s epic Vendimia Harvest Festival). This year’s feria takes place from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1, 6 to 11 p.m., in La Rural Trade Center, and promises to attract tens of thousands of people with its free-flowing wines.
For a single entry fee (about US$25), visitors enjoy three days and more than 1,000 varieties of wine, poured by representatives from more than 60 different bodegas. As if that weren’t enough, there’s also live music, gourmet food from dozens of Buenos Aires’ best restaurants and more than 400 exhibitors offering Argentina’s excellent olive oil, meat sauces and other signature products.
By day, this is a serious trade show, with international wine dealers arriving to sample the very best of what Argentina has to offer. At night, it becomes the biggest party in Buenos Aires, well worth planning any wine-soaked trip around. Keep up to date on the latest developments on their webpage, Facebook or Twitter.