Wine and Art Festival for 2016

Tarija, the capital of the wine region of Bolivia, is waiting for thousands of visitors to come to the 8th Wine and Art Festival for 2016 in March of this year.

The wine harvest festival, which has heritage status in Tarija, is one of the most important events for the winemakers of this region since it marks the end of a year’s work cultivating the grapes vines and leads to the wines that they proudly produce.

The main square of the Valle de la Concepcion, a small town just 25 kilometres from Tarija, is the centre of the activities during the Art Festival (1- 10 of March) followed by the Harvest Festival (12 and 13 of March) which closes with the public being invited to share in stamping of the grapes.

The valley is part of the Wine and Singani tourist route in which visitors are invited to enjoy the quality and variety of wines produced here in Tarija.

If you are looking for a great place to stay we recommend Altiplano Hotel Boutique which is ranked as the number 1 hotel in Tarija and has just been awarded the TripAdvisor 2016 Travellers' Choice Award.

For tours and other travel arrangements contact Viva Tours, specialists in the wine tour industry, via email.

The Tarija winemaker, Aranjuez, obtained the first Grand Gold Medal awarded to a Bolivian wine. The accolade was presented during the 5th Edition of the International Contest “Tannat al Mundo”, in Montevideo Uruguay on 23rd and 24th of September of 2013.
"This fabulous Tannat has an intense red violet color with deep black tones. It has aromas to blackberries, figs and dates, which also combine with notes of snuff, vanilla and cinnamon, that come from its 12 months in oak barrels. In mouth, it fells powerful but with fine tannins, with an explosion of flavors that make this wine a real pleasure for the senses."
The competition was endorsed by both the International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV) and the International Union of Oenologists (UIOE) where 145 wines from 54 different wineries participated, with only 10 percent of the samples belonging to foreign wineries.

Read more about Tarija and Bolivian wines at Wines of Bolivia

Wines of Bolivia

There is a new website that has a very good overview of the various wine regions of Bolivia and the different wines that are produced.

Wines of Bolivia:
"Bolivia is one of the best secrets of viticulture in the world. It has not only the oldest vineyards but also the most authentic ones," - Cees van Casteren