Feria Nacional de Queso y el Vino
May 18-22, 2023
May 25-29, 2023
The National Cheese & Wine 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 or join us in the VIP tent. 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- Thursday
Arrive in Queretaro. You will check into your four star accommodations, and meet us for wine and appetizers at the rooftop bar 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- Friday
We will pick you up from your hotel and visit the tallest freestanding monolith in the world rising 1410 feet above the town, Peña de 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. 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 gorditas, perhaps with a café de olla or some hibiscus water.
Next, we will visit Vinaltura, a fantastic winery with views of Peña de Bernal across its vineyard. Wine and shared appetizers will be provided. Lastly, we will visit Puerta del Lobo winery (where we filmed our House Hunters International episode!) and drink their fine wines with a dish of your choice while overlooking the vineyards.
Day 3- 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 have the night free to explore on your own.
Day 3- Sunday
We pick you up at 9am again and take you to our favorite lamb barbacoa place for tacos. Watch the ladies meticulously make the tortillas and the men dig out the meat from their own barbacoa pit wrapped in maguey leaves. Feast on barbacoa tacos to your heart’s delight!
Next we will visit Vinedos Dos Buhos, a certified organic winery that has been in the family for three generations. We will taste 3 of their fabulous wines while enjoying the views over the vineyards and wandering around their artistic property.
On the way back to your hotel we will stop at Hercules Cerveceria, the most famous craft brewery in the state, to sample their beers. 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
You can fly home on Monday, or opt to extend your trip by staying in Queretaro a few more days or moving over to San Miguel de Allende. We can certainly help you with transportation and planning of any additional adventures.
- Transportation to day activities
- Hotel for 4 nights
- Wine tasting and shared appetizers at Vinaltura
- Entrée and drinks at Puerto del Lobo winery
- Gorditas and hiking fee (optional) in Bernal
- Lamb Barbacoa tacos
- 3 wine tasting at Dos Buhos
- Beer flight at Hercules
- 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, the bathrooms will be to your left when you leave baggage claim. The ride to Centro is about 45 minutes. The taxi stand will be just outside on the left. We can pick you up for an additional fee.
Airport pickup. This can be arranged for an additional cost.
Any meals when you are enjoying free time.
You are welcome to fly in the day before the tour begins and we will gladly offer 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 four nights!
We require a non-refundable $300 USD deposit when making your reservation and the remainder 30 days before the tour begins.