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.
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.
Jufré 201 Esq. Julián Alvarez
C1414AYE CABA, Buenos Aires
+54 11 4775-7501
1414 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
Lo de Joaquin Alberdi
Jorge Luis Borges 1772,
1414 CABA, Buenos Aires
+54 11 4832-5329
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.
+54 9 11 2623-1156
Dr. Juan Felipe Aranguren 1078
C1405CRV Buenos Aires
+54 11 4432-4980