Food and Drink

A grape escape with a taste of Argentina

March 16, 2016

A fabulous fruit-driven party, Mendoza’s National Grape Harvest Festival at the beginning of March sees 200,000 people gather in the streets to watch the parade of floats, music, dancers, winegrowers and pretty contestants hoping to be crowned Queen. When you consider how excellent its wines are, it’s hardly surprising Argentina’s sun-kissed fruit takes centre stage and the gods are thanked for the grapes that have been harvested. Along with the many faces of malbec, this South American country has plenty to offer, with top-notch chardonnays and fragrant torrontes that also flourish alongside its ripe reds in vineyards planted at high altitude. To discover your inner gaucho, here’s our parade of the country's top tipples...