Win a Luxury Vineyard Weekend!

Luxury and wine go hand in hand and everyone in Mendoza knows that, specially the people from La Morada de los Andes. This residential community, set amongst the vines of Los Arbolitos vineyard and sheltered by the beautiful views of the Andes Mountains in Valle del Uco, is inaugurating their clubhouse and accomodations in March 2013. For the occasion, they have created a special contest that consists in suggesting names on their Facebook page for their new road. The winner will get the chance to spend a one of a kind luxury weekend, with the company of his or her choice, at this gorgeous location which features great views, an all season swimming pool, tennis courts, fine dining and of course fantastic wine. The contest deadline is on the 9th of December via Facebook.

Those traveling to Mendoza might also be interested in signing up for their La Morada´s 3rd Gourmet Horseback Crossing of the Andes which will be taking place in February, a great month to visit the area due to the harvest festival.

September in Buenos Aires

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September is one of the most popular months of the year for travelers, as the weather gets warmer and spring arrives. This year there will be many events ranging from spiritual to culinary; details below.

Brazil Month in Argentina: During September Argentina celebrates Brazilian culture with a number of musical, and artistic events. Find the full program here.

FeVida 2012– from the 6th to the 9th of September there will be a spiritual convention with local and foreign visitors including Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Isha, and others who will be talking about different aspects of spirituality. Find the full schedule of FeVida here.

On Sunday the 9th there will also be a massive international meditation, which in Buenos Aires will be led by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar at 2pm at Dorrego and Figueroa Alcorta in Palermo.

Casa FOA Molina Ciudad 2012 will be taking place in La Boca  from the 7th of September until the 14th of October and is a great chance to get to know Argentine architecture and design tendencies. More information here. Av. Regimiento de los Patricios, La Boca.

Vinos y Bodegas- Wine lovers can’t miss this three-day event at La Rural that will  showcase the best Argentine wines and wineries from the 13th to the 15th of September. More information here.

The Cirque du Soleil will be presenting their new show from the 8th-30th of September at Complejo al Rio, Vicente Lopez. Tickets here.

Live Music:

Brazilian Bossa Nova king, Gilberto Gil, will be performing at the Gran Rex theatre on the 6th. Tickets here.

Megadeth: 14th of September at the Estadio Malvinas Argentina’s. Tickets here.

Die Toten Hosen: 15th of September at the Estadio Malvinas Argentina’s. Tickets here.

Liza Minnelli will be staging a show on the 24th at the Luna Park Stadium. Tickets here.

The Jamaican band The Wailers will be celebrating Jamaica’s 50th independence anniversary at the Vorterix theatre in Colegiales on the 27th. Tickets here.

 

 

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.

Wine Regions of Argentina: Mendoza

Valle de Uco, Mendoza

Situated in the West of the country, Mendoza, Argentina’s most important wine region, is famous for its dark purple Malbec grapes as well as for its Pinot Noir, Syrah, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot amongst others.  The province, which has stable temperatures, a lot of sun,  and a unique terroir, irrigates its beautiful vineyards with the glacial water of the Andes Mountains that serve as a spectacular backdrop.

The region is geographically divided into many sub regions amongst which Lujan de Cuyo and Valle de Uco stand out in terms of wine production.

Lujan de Cuyo is just south of Mendoza city and reaps the benefits of irrigating its top-quality vineyards with high-purity and low salinity water from the glacial Mendoza River. Right next to Lujan de Cuyo is Agrelo, a smaller sub-region that also produces wonderful Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc grapes.

Valle de Uco is a valley at the foothills of the Andes Mountains, set on the north of the Tunuyan River and is considered to be one of the best areas for the wine industry. This area also produces nuts and fruits and is a great place to visit due to its stunning scenery. More information and investment opportunities in the Uco Valley are available at La Morada de Los Andes.

To try wines from the Mendoza area book your place in one of our Thursday wine tasting starting at 7PM at Fierro Hotel.  Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220 6800. recepcion@fierrohotel.com.

Copied below are the wines we will be trying today:

Las Perdices Sauvignon Blanc 2010 – Agrelo – Lujan de Cuyo – Mendoza

Escorihuela Gascón Pequeñas Producciones Chardonnay 2009 – Agrelo – Lujan de Cuyo – Mendoza

Ocio Merlot 2009 – Alto Valle – Río Negro – Patagonia

Patritti Primogénito Malbec 2008 – San Patricio del Chañar – Neuquén – Patagonia

Antucura Grand Vin 2005 – Vistaflores – Tunuyan – Valle de Uco – Mendoza

Wine Tastings at Fierro Hotel

 

Would you like to know more about Argentine Wines?  Then you shouldn’t miss our weekly wine tastings where Certified Sommelier Martin Bruno will take you on a journey through Argentina’s wine producing regions: Salta, San Juan, Mendoza, Rio Negro and Neuquen.

Designed by Bruno and Andres Rosberg, President of the Argentina Sommelier Association, six wines will be showcased with selections changing weekly. Light snacks and hors d’oeuvres from Hernán Gipponi will also be included.

Tastings are held in our cellar every Thursday at 7PM for the price of USD25 Per Person and are limited to 7 people. Book your place, both guests and non-guests are welcome!

 

Fierro Hotel Boutique

Soler 5862, Palermo

3220 6800

recepcion@fierrohotel.com

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5 Best Hotels for Food and Drinks

For Breakfast

Hernan Gipponi at Fierro Hotel

The best 4-step gourmet breakfast in town, including fresh fruit juices, perfect pastries, Spanish hams and unique hot and cold breakfast dishes created by Chef Hernan Gipponi. This posh Palermo restaurant also serves a great Spanish inspired tasting menu for lunch and dinner with special wine selections by the Argentine wine association president, Andres Rosberg and resident sommelier Martin Bruno.

Soler 5862, Palermo

3220 6800

For Lunch

Chez Nous at Algodon Mansion

This bright and elegant restaurant in Recoleta offers a great menu of French-Argentine fusion cuisine. Plus they have an annex cognac bar and a glass-covered patio with a fireplace that is great for winter!

Montevideo 1647 – Recoleta

3530-7777

For 5 O’clock Tea

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L’Orangerie at the Alvear Palace

Tartlets, scones, and perfect cakes and all on delicate china plates make for the best teatime experience in the city. To accompany their afternoon treats they also offer a wide selection of special tea blends. Also in the Alvear Palace is La Bourgogne, one of the best restaurants in Buenos Aires.

Alvear, Av. 1891, Recoleta

4808-2100 int.1643

 

For Dinner, Wine and Cheese

Duhau Restaurant and Vinoteca at the Hyatt Hotel

This classy restaurant offering international cuisine specializes in wok and wooden grill preparations. The other thing they’re known for is their Vinoteca with a unique cheese room here you can taste an exclusive selection of Argentine wines and savory cheeses accompanied by chutneys and freshly baked breads.

Av. Alvear 1661, Recoleta

5171 1234

For Late Night Drinks

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Faena Hotel

This flamboyant hotel designed by Phillippe Starck offers top quality cocktails in the Library Lounge and in the Cabaret where they put on a fantastic tango show. A fashionable place full of character, well worth visiting on your night prowls in BA.

445 Martha Salotti, Puerto Madero

4010 9000