A growing trend in wine-drinking, the increasing popularity of Mexican wines, more and more international awards given to incredible Mexican wineries... all these elements came together to inspire the first edition of the Mexican Wine Festival here in the Riviera Maya back in 2011. Developed by Grupo Quinta, Xcaret, the Riviera Maya Tourism Board and the Riviera Maya Hotel Association, the first edition of the festival was so successful that a multidisciplinary organizing committee has met to resume this great event for 2016.

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With more than 2,300 attendees at the various events during the three days of the festival, the 2nd edition of the Mexican Wine Festival reunites big names in wine, tourism and food.

BuyPlaya attended the festival's press conference at one of Playa del Carmen's most iconic restaurants: La Casa del Agua, which is also among the 25 restaurants hosting the pairing events.

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Hans Spath De Cayón (owner of Casa del Agua), Clementine del Tel Tejo Corral (Director of Tourism for Solidaridad), Javier Martinez (President of the Festival Committee), Edna Vega (PR and Marketing Mayakoba) and Chef Pedro Abascal (Thompson restaurants C-Grill and Catch)

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The goal of the 2nd Mexican Wine Festival is to promote the country's wine industry by bringing together producers, winemakers, chefs, sommeliers, distributors and educational institutions for one big cultural event. The festival hopes to promote wine culture through tastings and cuisine designed to appeal to various markets: tourism industry suppliers, wine lovers, academics and the general public.

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The 2nd Mexican Wine Festival will hopefully lead to the creation of even more events in the Riviera Maya, setting it apart as the perfect travel destination for culinary and cultural festivals.

PROGRAM

  • Conferences, workshops and tastings: April 13th and 14th (from 10:00am to 2:00pm, and from 4:00pm to 6:00pm)

Oenologists, sommeliers and opinion leaders will become the protagonists, spreading their invaluable knowledge about Mexican wine in a cycle of conferences, workshops and tastings offered at the festival. 

Venue: Hotel The Royal Playa del Carmen, for hoteliers and restaurateurs in partnership with Hotel Association of the Riviera Maya and CANIRAC.

  • Food pairing dinners at local restaurants

25 restaurants in the Riviera Maya will open their doors to present wine and food pairings, where the knowledge of each restaurant's chef will merge with the knowledge of each sommelier to create unique pairings. The cost will be unified, and averaging limited seating will be between 20 and 30 people for each pairing. With 450 people per day, a total of 900 people can indulge in this food festival.

Restaurants hosting the pairings:
Playa del Carmen: Almirante Pech, Ágora - UT, Asiana (Hotel The Royal Playa), Axiote, Bovinos, Byblos, Catch Thompson Playa del Carmen, C-Grill Thompson Playa del Carmen, Di Vino, Frida Kahlo, Imprevist, La Casa del Agua, Madre Tierra, Koba Casa Club, Off the Vine, El Envero, Plank, Salciccium Class, Sushi-itto and Yaxche

Tulum: Ana y José, Cilantro's by Hotel Coral, Hip Hotel, Ziggy Beach and El Tabano

Puerto Morelos: La Triada

  • Harvest Night, the closing night event at El Pueblito Mayakoba: April 15th (from 9:00pm to 2:00am)

An evening of Mexican feasting! Indulge in tastings from Mexican wineries, mouthwatering cuisine, artisanal chocolate, traditional Mexican candies, and even artisanal cheeses from the states of Queretaro, Chiapas, Puebla and Mexico State. The fiesta will also include dancing, live music and grape-stomping. All this will take place at El Pueblito at Mayakoba resort, an authentic Mexican pueblo created for memorable events. Of course there will be lots and lots of wine to drink, so the price of admission to this event includes transportation to and from Mayakoba. (Drink responsibly!) Attendees must be at least 18 years old.

Tickets to Harvest Night can be purchased April 13 & 14 from 10:00am to 6:00pm at The Royal Playa del Carmen for $900 pesos. Click here for details.

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Visit www.festvinomex.com to find out about prices of the wine pairing nights, conferences and closing events. 

 

 

andrea-ruiz-perron Andrea Ruiz Perron was born and raised in Montreal by a Mexican mother and a French Canadian father.  She studied cinema and photography in Argentina and Montreal, and has now been living in Playa del Carmen for a total of 6 years. Both her Mexican and Canadian roots are an important influence on her identity and how she perceives the world through her photography and writing as the content creator for BuyPlaya Real Estate Advisors www.buyplaya.com