This season, March through May, is a prime time to indulge in an Argentina wine and gourmet tour, where you can sip some of the finest vintages in the world, take cooking classes, and enjoy fine dining.
Since its frontier days, Argentina’s pioneers brought their tastes for good food and wine from Europe — Spanish colonizers even shipped graftings of their favorite vines across the Atlantic. Cattle ranchers and gauchos settled throughout the region, and beefsteak became a major national industry.
Today, Argentines still love to down a glass of Malbec and a bife de chorizo — it’s nearly as prevalent an obsession as Argentinean football. On an Argentina wine tour, plan to enjoy plenty of wine, lamb asado, beefsteak, and meat empanadas while touring the country.
Start your Argentina Wine and Gourmet Tour in Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires. Surrounding this bustling capital are the famous pampas where gauchos herd cattle, and so beefsteak is a staple throughout the region. On nearly any street in Buenos Aires are a wide variety of restaurants — from European-style outdoor cafes where locals enjoy an afternoon cup of yerba mate to gourmet restaurants pouring the best wines from the Mendoza region and dripping in ambiance.
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The Palermo district of Argentina is one of the best neighborhoods for restaurant-hopping. From hot spots serving cuisine with a contemporary twist on traditional favorites to fancy eateries plating up exquisite seafood dishes, Buenos Aires is the place to go if you love fine dining. If you are short on time, you can always stop off at an outdoor food stand and grab a pollo empanada, or pastry stuffed with chicken.
Next head over to Mendoza, located in the northern highlands of Argentina near Chile. Here the Malbec makes its home, and a variety of other excellent wines are produced in this fertile valley, called the Lerma valley. Every March, Mendoza celebrates the grape harvest with a festival called Vendimia, where vinters, locals, and travelers alike revel in the town and at vineyards and toast to another successful year of winemaking.
While on your Argentina wine tour, you can try out several world-class Mendoza restaurants, or try your hand at Argentine-style cooking during a cooking class. You might also want to head over the Andes to Santiago, another excellent location for wine tasting. Chileans and Argentines often dispute who makes the better version of empanadas, so see for yourself what version you prefer.
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