Time for the grape harvest and wine, music and art

By Antonio De Jesús Aguado

August is the month of wine in Guanajuato and the time of vendimia, the grape harvest festival. The celebration starts in San Miguel, featuring a concert by Guadalupe Pineda.

Grape harvest festivals began in ancient Greece when the farmers celebrated their thanks to the gods for the yearly harvest in July and August. In San Miguel, that gratitude will begin on August 2 at 4pm at Rancho Toyán, mirroring the original Greek festivals.

At Rancho Toyán nature comes to life on the main avenue, where rows of trees greet visitors, fairies seem to watch over the vineyards and kiosks on the sidelines await the stomping of the grapes. This land is the home of a cava, watched over by black and white-robed friars who help maintain a balance of energy 14 meters underground.

Martha Molina—who held last year’s first vendimia with a concert by Susana Zabaleta—told Atención that this year there will be a pre-Hispanic ceremony with dancers and spirits who will come out of the vineyards playing shells. She said that the vendimia at Toyán is a festival where the “house” shares its bounty—paella, cheese, bread and, of course, wine—mixed with circus performances. Guadalupe Pineda will perform later in the amphitheater (capacity: 2,400 people). For sure, she will sing: “Cuando sale la luna” (When the moon comes up), “Yo me muero donde quiera” (I can die wherever), “Enamorarse así” (To fall in love like this) and a medley of songs by the iconic José Alfredo Jimenez. “Pineda is divine; she loves wine, is well educated and is very excited to be coming and singing for the audience,” said Molina.

The tickets for this event—including wine, music and food—can be purchased from www.ticketmaster.com at a cost of 800 pesos. There will be taxis from Toyán to el Centro, price not included in the ticket.

The vendimias will continue on August 9 at Bodega Dos Búhos with the Petit Vendimia, targeted to young people who want to know more about the art of wine, and its vendimia on August 16 will include an exposition of art, live music and an auction to benefit the Red Cross.

On August 23 more celebration will take place at Santísima Trinidad in Dolores Hidalgo, which will open its doors to visitors for the harvest. Guests will be driven through the vineyards in carts pulled by Clydesdale horses. The first polo cup match is an added feature of this event.

The program of vendimias will end on August 30 at Cuna de Tierra (Dolores Hidalgo), where there will be wine tastings, workshops, rides through the property in Clydesdale horses, gastronomy and art.



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