Wine Tasting in Buenos Aires

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There are many reasons to love Argentina: it has a vibrant culture, superb beef, amazing landscapes, stunning architecture, innovative art and a well-earned international reputation for its wine. Travelers who have been to Mendoza can attest to the generosity of the areas top quality vineyards. Thankfully, there are great wine tasting opportunities in Buenos Aires too. Below are some suggestions:

Fierro Hotel Thursday Wine Tasting:  Every Thursday at 6pm small intimate groups gather in the hotel’s restaurant to taste great Argentine wines from different regions of the country, chosen by the president of the Argentine Sommelier Association, Andres Rosberg, and in-house Sommelier, Martin Bruno. Tastings, which include special tapas from Hernán Gipponi Restaurant, cost 25 USD per person, and are limited to 7 people. Places must be booked in advance.  Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Lo de Joaquin Alberdi– vinotecas argentinas: This friendly wine shop in the Palermo district offers weekly wine tastings, focusing on different wineries or varietals. It is also possible to coordinate personalized wine tastings in advance and the staff is happy to help pick out a bottle to take back home. Jorge Luis Borges 1772, Palermo. 4832-5329.

Time Out Walking Wine Tour: This great tour combines both walking and touring the Palermo neighborhood and tasting delectable Mendoza wines at four different venues. More information here.

Anuva Wines: The Anuva wine tasting offers the chance to try five different Argentine boutique wines paired with tapas. They also have a wine club and shipping service to the USA. Wine tastings cost 48USD and must be booked in advance. More information here.

Argentine Wines: Bonarda

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Next to Malbec, Bonarda is one of the most popularly cultivated grapes in the country, and also one of the most traditional. Its origins are disputed as some say Argentine Bonarda was brought from one of three regions in Italy, others say its a not really Bonarda but French Corbeau, and yet others suggest it is actually Californian Charbono. Perhaps, it is the ambiguity of its origins that make this grape so local in the end.

Originally this grape variety was used to make ordinary table wine until its potential for fine wine began to be explored. Since then, the Bonarda market has expanded and now produces both table and premium wines, which are awarded and consumed internationally.

The deep colored Bonarda wines reminisce to red fruits like raspberries,  strawberries and cherries. Aromatic, with moderate acidity and a slightly lower alcoholic content than Malbec, this velvety light-bodied wine is ideal to pair with pastas grilled meat and vegetables, and legumes.

 

For a special sample of 5 Argentine wines, accompanied by snacks from HG Restaurant, book your place at our exclusive weekly tastings every Thursday starting at 7PM at Fierro Hotel.  Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220 6800. recepcion@fierrohotel.com.