Argentina's Wine Rock Festival Toasts Record Attendance in 8th Year

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Juanchi Baleirón of Los Pericos and Iván Noble of Caballeros de la Quema.

With record attendance, the eighth edition of Argentina's Wine Rock festival fused music, good food and great wine once more.

Set between the vineyards of Monteviejo and the Andes mountain range, the place was a rendezvous point for local cellars and A-list performers. Such a novel approach earned the organizers the gold medal by the national chapter of Great Wine Capitals, as well as being defined as "touristically significant" by the Ministry of Tourism, both by the federal government and the province of Mendoza.

Massacre's powerful performance closed a day with a huge mix of styles between the twin stages of the festival. 

By nightfall, as one of the figures of an eclectic lineup, <a href="/articles/columns/latin/8097893/illya-kuryaki-emmanuel-horvilleur-new-song-el-hit-interview">Emmanuel Horvilleur</a> shined with his solo hits, supported by a solid band, a show he had prepared for the Lollapalooza before it was cancelled due to bad weather. Before him, Vanthra, the trio commanded by Catupecu Machu's Fernando Ruiz Diaz, presented their first offering. The singer praised the inclusion of local and new bands to the lineup, among them 4to Espacio, Javier Montalto, Sebastián Garay, David De Mata, Paula Neder, Lupus and The Cellars, among others.

Earlier in the day, <a href="/music/Coti">Coti</a> roused the crowd with his radio hits, while Indios showcased their solid sound. Ivan Noble, in the meantime, took a minimalist approach while he sang Caballeros de la Quema and solo tunes, mixed with a few covers, including Fito Paez. There were a few collaborations and special guests: Gillespi's set invited Juanchi Baleirón, Marcelo Blanco and Willy Crook, in what became a highlight of the event.

And, there was plenty of wine through the Wine Institute of Mendoza. Goblets from Marcelo Pelleriti Wines, Clos de los 7, Diamandes, Relator, De Ángeles, Domados, Michelini, Chaman Wines and Bodega Rolland clinked as they toasted to the repeated success of an innovative festival.

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