a diverse collection of travel photos and firsthand experiences while venturing across the globe. each destination has welcomed us with open arms and warm smiles, making us feel right at home. from argentina to utah - and thousands of miles in between - these are our visual memories of 'home'...just as we never imagined.

Friday, March 14, 2008

La Vendimia 2008 - La Alegría Te Invade



Another Vendimia has come and gone here in the beautiful province of Mendoza. With special performances by Mercedes Sosa and other celebrity figures, this year´s festivites brought thousands of international travelers once again. For those not familiar, La Vendimia is the annual wine festival of Argentina. During the first week of every March, Mendoza (now one of the Eight World Wine Capitals) plays host to endless parades, concerts, and wine tasting! Hotels are booked nearly a year in advance, and even then the prices are steep!

This was our first Vendimia to celebrate as a family. Not wine drinkers, we decided to stick to the parades. In addition to the traditional dancers and gauchos, the parade is designed to display the beautiful reinas (pageant queens) that hail from each provincial department - Las Heras, Godoy Cruz, Tupungato, etc. Waving to the crowds below, these stunning young women proudly represent their home and their community. Brilliant lights, vibrant floats, and pulsating music permeate the city throughout the weekend. Several youth gather in tight groups to greet the passing floats, each holding a handmade basket to catch those treats thrown below to the crowd. While not Mardi Gras in any sense, the reinas and their escorts toss grapes, apples, and garlic into the crowd - emblems of the local harvest. A massive honeydew melon nearly grazed Dallin´s head. And yes, I did see a free bottle of Malbec up for grabs!

During the closing ceremonies inside Teatro Romero late Saturday night, the crowd erupted in applause to perhaps the finest performance of the week - tango on water. Professional tango dancers twirled in passion over a shallow fountain pool on stage. Excelente!

5 comments:

Jason & Stephanie Hill said...

Thanks for the update we were starting to wonder if we were ever going to hear how things were doing...

We are just starting to get warmer weather up here...

I seriously need to get with you and plan out a trip down there...my family would love it...

Enjoy...

Jordan & Julie said...

Hi Wade & Tania,
Thanks for keeping us updated on your progress in Argentina. We sure do miss you all! Spring soccer will not be the same without you Wade. Keep blogging!
Jordan

familiafeldhaus said...

Wade & Tania! Wow! What great pictures! We had such a good time watching the parade with you and can't wait to share an asado!

The Feldhaus Family, Randy, Karren. Isabella & Daniel

Sara said...

yahooo, I'm so glad you guys have a blog and to see you are doing well. I'm sad we weren't able to get together before you left. Life was crazy with the twins, but it's getting easier to deal with each day. Mendoza is beautiful, we are def going back someday...enjoy Argentina! Love you guys, Sara

WelcomeToMendoza.com said...

Indeed great pics Wade - you are a maestro - it was fun to hang you you and your family, and Randy and his family..it's amazing how kids have no fear at Vendimia parades:) Sean