Where to taste the best wines in Buenos Aires

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Where to taste the best wines in Buenos Aires

In Buenos Aires, head straight to the hot neighbourhoods of Palermo Viejo and Palermo Hollywood to try the city's best wine bars. This selection of spots will please both amateurs and connoisseurs.

Where to taste the best wines in Buenos Aires

La tradition viticole, dans l'ADN argentin

The first Argentine vines date back to the 16th century. Today, Argentine wines have an internationally renowned reputation. Most are full-bodied, fruity Malbec reds grown in high altitudes that amateurs tend to love. If you're already a fan of Mendoza wines, widen your horizons and try those from Cafayate (in the same area where Torrontés, the only native Argentine variety, is produced) and Salta (where the world's highest vineyards are found). In Buenos Aires, your wine route will lead you straight to Palermo, an immense neighbourhood known for its cultural life and wine bars.

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Where to taste the best wines in Buenos Aires

Wine bars with atmosphere

Start your bar hop at Cava Jufré, in the Villa Crespo neighbourhood. Owner Lito will surprise you by choosing the just right bottle to suit your mood. Soft light and stone walls create a welcoming atmosphere. If you want to dive deeper into the world of wine, sign up for one of the bar's wine classes – one week, 8 hours – held three times a year.

In the small Alma Terra wine shop, Juan Jorge and his daughter will serve you wines made by small local producers. In the evening, you might even get serenaded by an opera singer as you sip your Syrah or Merlot. It's an experience you won't be able to get out of your head.

Cava Jufré
Jufré 201 Esq. Julián Alvarez
C1414AYE CABA, Buenos Aires
+54 11 4775-7501
info@lacavajufre.com.ar
www.lacavajufre.com.ar/

 

Alma Terra
Thames 1653,
1414 Buenos Aires

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Where to taste the best wines in Buenos Aires

Tasting wine off the beaten track

If you're after something a little more unorthodox in Buenos Aires, Autre Monde should definitely be on your to-do list. Books and wine make happy bedfellows at this cozy one-stop shop, where you can get recommendations for South American wines and literature. The motto is eloquent: “Just because wine is expensive, that doesn't mean it's the best.”

Another original venue is Lo de Joaquin Alberdi located in a supposedly haunted house built more than a century ago. Every weekday, you can go upstairs to dig in to a tasty chorizan (bread with chorizo) served with a big, bold Malbec with flavors of plum and licorice.

Vinoteca Autre Monde
Jorge Luis Borges 1985,
C1414DGG CABA, Buenos Aires
+54 11 4832-1402
www.autremonde.com.ar/

Lo de Joaquin Alberdi
Jorge Luis Borges 1772,
1414 CABA, Buenos Aires
+54 11 4832-5329
www.lodejoaquinalberdi.com/

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Where to taste the best wines in Buenos Aires

Wine bars in Caballito

Your bar hop wouldn't be complete without a quick jaunt over to the Caballito neighbourhood, where there are two places that deserve a closer look. Almacén Otamendi still feels like a traditional neighbourhood shop with its old furniture and leathery scents. Here, you can taste gourmet products such as goat cheese from local producers and take a wine class you won't soon forget – there are more than 200 bottles to try.

Not far away is the discreet wine bar Mr. Wines, which attracts the biggest oenologists who come through Buenos Aires. Sign up ahead of time and you can rub shoulders with these pros during a Saturday morning tasting. The man who runs the place, Fernando Musumeci, will be more than happy to welcome you to his temple of Argentine wine. The specialist seeks out small local producers to surprise patrons with unusual flavors. After this trip, you will leave Argentina with your head full of both mastery and memories.

Almacén Otamendi
Otamendi 101,
Buenos Aires
+54 9 11 2623-1156

Mr. Wines
Dr. Juan Felipe Aranguren 1078
C1405CRV Buenos Aires
+54 11 4432-4980
www.lodemusu.com.ar/