National Wine and Cheese Festival Weekends

Feria Nacional de Queso y el Vino


May 20-23, 2022

May 27-30, 2022

June 3-6, 2022

The National Wine & Cheese Festival is “THE” National Wine Fair of Mexico, showcasing fine wines from across the country and the world.

Held annually in the Pueblo Magico of Tequisquiapan where their large central park provides plenty of shade and meandering paths to discover the best wine and cheese the country has to offer. The event takes place over the last two weekends in May and the first weekend in June, just before the rainy season. Expect warm days with very low humidity and cool nights. In addition to the other great things we normally do on our wine weekend tours, we include passes to this awesome festival where you can sample hundreds of Mexican wines and an assortment of imported wines as well.

There is also a large collection of the regions’ best cheese producers, chocolatiers, candy and condiment producers sampling their wares. 25 local restaurants offer their specialties and live music running the gamut from jazz to traditional folk music. We arrive early so you can beat the rush and enjoy the late morning cool weather. We recommend that you make the serpentine loop tasting anything of interest finishing in the large exposition hall and then you can go back and buy a bottle of your favorite (s), a cheese board, and settle in under a big tree and have a picnic. We will provide blankets and utensils.

When you tire of world class wine and artisanal cheese (as if that is possible), you can leave the festival and explore the town of Tequisquiapan. We will meet you at the Freixenet wine bar on the town square later in the afternoon and return you to your hotel in Queretaro.


Day 1- Friday

Arrive in Queretaro before 11am. We will greet you at curbside outside the baggage lobby, load up your luggage and drive to Puerto del Lobo winery. We will taste their world class sparkling wine, whites and red blends over a leisurely lunch at their fantastic restaurant. Following lunch, we will bring you back into the city of Queretaro, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its 1400 monuments and 204-square blocks Centro Historico. Queretaro will celebrate its 500th birthday in 2031.

You will check into your four star accommodations, and we will give you a city tour highlighting historic sights and things to do while you are in town. We will conclude the tour with wine on top of Hotel Casa Aspeytia, a boutique hotel where the Paul Revere of Mexico departed from in 1810 to start the war for independence.

Day 2- Saturday

We will pick you up from your hotel at 9am and drive to the Pueblo Magico (magic village) of Tequisquiapan where you can explore artisanal mercados or window shop along the many walking streets. They have many nice cafes if you would like a late breakfast.

When the gates open, we will enter the National Cheese & Wine Festival where you will be given your VIP pass and turned loose to enjoy fantastic wine and food from Mexico and other international destinations. Coming back into the city, you can choose to explore again on your own or you can join us for dinner at one of the best restaurants in Queretaro.

Day 3- Sunday

We pick you up at 9am again and go to the Pueblo Magico village of Bernal. Bernal is a very interesting town of 2,500 people. There are supposedly more 90+ year old people per capita in Bernal than any place else on Earth and the world’s third largest monolith rises 1410 feet above the town. It is supposedly an energy vortex site like Sedona, Arizona. Bernal is know for its semi precious stones mined nearby (fire opals), for goat’s milk caramel candies, cheese filled pastries and their world famous blue corn gorditas with chicarone crumbled in the dough. Many artisanal products are made and sold in Bernal, and just about everything costs $5 USD. When you finish shopping, we will go to El Negrito to sample those delicious gorditos, perhaps with a café de olla or some hibiscus water.

After some free time exploring we will board the van for one of our favorite wineries, Vinaltura. They have a unique assortment of red, wine and sparkling wines to try, exceptional cuisine and a gorgeous view of Pena de Bernal over the vineyards. a visit to a goat cheese creamery where we can sample their delicious wares.

On the way back to your hotel we will stop at Hercules Cerveceria to sample their beers and have some snacks. Hercules is a high quality brewery located in an old brownfields factory in a hip, trendy neighborhood at the base of Queretaro’s famous aqueduct. The brew-master came from Cigar City brewery in Tampa. You will have the night free to explore the city and we will make restaurant recommendations if you are still hungry.

Day 4- Monday

If you fly home on Monday, we will gladly provide you with transportation to the airport on that day. If you opt to extend your trip staying in Queretaro or moving over to San Miguel de Allende, we can certainly help you with transportation and planning of any additional adventures.

We also can help you arrange for a COVID test which cost about $17 USD in Mexico and are available from pharmacies around Centro.

What’s included?

  • Ground transportation
  • Hotel for 3 nights
  • Lunch and drinks at Puerto del Lobo winery
  • Snacks and drinks at Hercules
  • Dinner and drinks at one of the best restaurants in Queretaro
  • Gorditas and hiking fee in Bernal
  • VIP tickets for the food & wine festival on Saturday

What’s not included?

Airfare is not included. There are direct flights from Dallas (DFW) and Houston (IAH) into the International Queretaro Airport (QRO).

Airport information: When you arrive, you will need to fill out a health form questionaire, go through customs and pick up your luggage. At most, this takes 20 minutes. We will meet you outside the baggage claim lobby door where the cars pick up passengers. At this time, anyone not flying cannot wait in the airport.

Any meals when you are enjoying free time.

You are welcome to fly in the day before the tour begins and we will gladly pick you up from the airport and bring you into town offering you the same rate at the hotel we use for the extra night. Or you can stay at a different hotel if you like.

We are pretty flexible but we think this general schedule showcases the best of what Queretaro has to offer in three nights!

We require a non-refundable $300 USD deposit when making your reservation and the remainder 30 days before the tour begins.


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