Where To Go Wine Tasting in Buenos Aires
Research on where to taste the best Argentine wine by Nora Wallenius.
Anyone who knows anything about Argentine wine knows that the country’s best wine country is in Mendoza. Regions like Lujan de Cuyo and the Uco Valley boast the highest quality Argentine wine to be tasted and enjoyed on tours of the vineyards. What happens if your trip to Argentina limits you to Buenos Aires? Are you destined to miss out on the delicacies of Argentine wine by only staying in the capitol? Fear not, as I have scoured and tested the best wine tastings in Buenos Aires, bringing a taste of Mendoza and other top wine regions straight to Capital Federal. As there are many wine tastings, wine bars, and wine cellars in Buenos Aires, this is simply a glimpse into the world of wine in Buenos Aires. Here are a few that are standouts in their categories:
Best High-Class Tasting: Anuva Wines
Part wine tasting, part wine club, and part awesome, Anuva Wines makes finding authentic, boutique Argentine wine simple. They do the hard work for you. Wine from small, boutique wineries are brought to Buenos Aires for their tastings or can be shipped in the United States at low cost anywhere in the country. Tastings at Anuva are elegant yet casual, and both informative and engaging. The highly knowledgeable staff members and an excellent stock of Argentine wine make this a do not miss night in Buenos Aires. Each wine is paired with gourmet tapas, including the surprising fruit sherbert! Tasting are made by reservation only and are held at their renovated building in Palermo Soho.
Best Local Tasting: Lo de Joaquín Alberdi
Located in the heart of Palermo Soho, a mere block off of the famous Plaza Serrano, Lo de Joaquín Alberdi hosts a lively mix of locals and tourists at its weekly tastings. Focusing on a different vineyard each session, tastings are held on Thursday and Friday evening, and are open to the public. All guests are welcome, from wine connoisseurs and sellers, to those who just like to tip back a few. The laid back feel of the tastings provide easy friendship among the guests and staff, who all munch on plates of cheese and salami together. Wines are available for purchase in the wine store on site.
Best Interactive Experience: The Wine Experience
This ain’t your typical wine tasting, that’s for sure. Wine and cocktails join in heavenly matrimony in a hands on experience that will test all five of your senses. The Wine Experience is a spin-off brought to you by the team at The Argentine Experience, where excellent customer service and product quality make for an unforgettable night of Argentine food and culture. The Wine Experience focuses on specific aspects of the wine, its smells, tastes, and appearances. Guests then learn how to make wine cocktails, using Argentine wines and spirits, blended with exotic fruits and teas. Gusts usually combine the Wine Experience and The Argentine Experience for one fun-filled night. Reservations only.
Best Wine Bar: Ser Y Tiempo
Photo Courtesy of Ser y Tiempo
Palermo Hollywood wine bar Ser y Tiempo recently starting hosting affordable weekly degustaciónes (tastings) of four wines and small tapas. Additional meals, like lamb stew or veal, are served after the tasting when you have worked up a healthy appetite. Different than a private wine tasting, guests sit in groups with friends and chat in between the explanations of the various wines. Wines can then be purchased for consumption on the spot. Look out for upcoming seminars and lectures about winemaking and tastings.
Best Wine Shop: Soil Wines Vinoteca
A small and cozy wine shop, Soil has been thriving for over a year in Buenos Aires and shows no signs of slowing down. If you are looking for personalized wine selection, this is the place. Not sure what wine you like or don’t like, this is the place. With help from the attentive staff, customers can choose from a wide variety of the best Argentine wines, that won’t break your wallet. Wine tastings and special events, like wine seminars, are held bimonthly in the shop and the downstairs wine cellar. The best part of Soil is their wine club, where members receive six premium wines a month at a highly discounted price. The wine selections are picked out by their connoisseurs, delivering the best selections each month. Smiles all around in the shop, with personalized customer care and attention.