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Things to do in Bogotá: Non-stop wine drinking at ExpoVinos

Wine tasting panel 2018
María Montes

María Montes

I'm a social anthropologist working in marketing and I'm passionate about food, traveling to big cities and dogs. I like being that person everyone comes for recommendations especially if it is in Bogotá, a city I love dearly and where I been living intermittently for over 12 years. Instagram: @mariaisaturtle

ExpoVinos is an annual international fair that has been taking place in Bogotá for over 12 years at Corferias, Bogotá’s biggest and most important convention center. This is a 4-day event where oenologists, wine enthusiasts, and sommeliers from the most prestigious wineries around the world gather in one place to celebrate their love for this millenary drink. Find out here why you shouldn’t miss this event.

How it works

This event is pretty straightforward. You can arrive at Corferias by using any type of public transport. If you are taking Transmilenio, make sure you get off at the Corferias station, especially if you are planning on drinking wine all day long. If you want to bring your own car, the fair also offers a private driver service, the price for which varies depending on your destination, number of stops, and demand during the event. You can either get a day ticket at the main entrance for $7.41 USD/$25,000 COP or a multiple day entrance for $14.80 USD/$50,000 COP, in case you want to be part of all the different events that each day has to offer. 

2018 Logo
© Photograph by ExpoVinos 2018

Right after you enter, you will be able to pay for your own wine tasting glass that you can later take home as a souvenir. The glass only costs $2.90 USD/$10,000 COP and it comes with a very handy string that allows you to put it around your neck so you can have both hands free to grab all the cheese and cold meat cuts you want from the amazing platters you can purchase in the deli sections. You can walk around the wine shops and purchase a glass of any wine that looks appealing or a whole bottle if you are feeling greedy. Check the map of the event here.

Wine shop at Expovinos 2018
© Photograph by ExpoVinos 2018

What else can I do at Expo Vinos?

ExpoVinos is more than a place to get drunk and stuffed with cheese; you can also listen to live music at either of its two stages, have great food specifically tailored for your wine in the restaurant section, or have some good old fast food at the food truck section because who says burgers and wine don’t go well together? At ExpoVinos, you can also attend the multiple conferences with sommeliers and wine experts, you can take cooking classes with well-renowned chefs, and even attend blind tasting events where you get to drink wine for free while learning new skills! I had the chance to attend in the past and it was a fantastic event. I got to talk to sommeliers from all around the world who were very excited about teaching people about wine and if you show real interest, you might be lucky enough to snatch up some really expensive free wine – I’m talking about $300 USD/$1,000,000 COP a bottle!!

When is it and last things to keep in mind:

This year’s event will take place from July 31st to August 3rd and if you are in town for those dates, you shouldn’t miss it. The whole fair always releases great prices on wines and amazing discounts so you can take back home loads. Card payments at the event are available through the whole stands and also there are plenty of ATMs where you can withdraw cash if needed. I recommend you bring a tote bag with you to carry your wine bottles and other goodies. Keep in mind that the fair is open from 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm so you might want to get in early in order to make the most out of it. Also, keep in mind that this event is for grownups so if you look under 18 you might be asked to show your ID in order to get in and please always stay hydrated!  

ExpoVinos in Bogotá is one of the amazing things this city has to offer and I highly recommend it. It is a very fun event where you will be able to meet new people, drink amazing wines from all over the world, and learn a thing or two about this fantastic drink! If you are a wine enthusiast, I advise you to check out some of the award events happening all day and perhaps treat yourself to a glass of the winning wines. You might wake up with an awful hangover the next day, but trust me, it is worth it because you will be guaranteed to have loads and loads of fun. If you want to find out about some other cool things you can do in the city, I recommend you check out the Festival de Verano, Jazz al Parque Festival, and Feria Buró.

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