2020 Trip Highlights
October 16-28, 2020
Buenos Aires – Mendoza – Villa La Angostura & San Carlos de Bariloche, Patagonia
In Argentina, tradition mingles beautifully with innovation, culture, and nature, and the charm of the people is matched only by the magic of the surroundings. Our 12-day tour is more than just a sensual feast of extraordinary food and wine; you will experience Argentine culture and the traditions of this charismatic country that is rich in history and European influence. The opportunity to wine and dine with some of the country’s great vintners and chefs makes this guided journey an unforgettable luxury vacation.
Our core trip includes four days to experience the old-world elegance of Buenos Aires, three days in the wine country of Mendoza, and three days in Villa La Angostura and San Carlos de Bariloche, the stars of Patagonia.
“There were so many meals where you swear this was the greatest one you have ever had in your life; but one after another, after another and in the most beautiful of restaurants. From the very first meal at a gorgeous historic downtown Buenos Aires hotel to the last at a chic and rustic lunch spot, it felt like every meal was memorable. Chef Ricardo was able to construct a glimpse into the cornerstone of Argentine life through his selections of restaurants and dishes where you begin to feel like you are a part of the bigger story you might miss when visiting another country and culture without such a guide.” — Lara Jane, Virginia
Highlights from Buenos Aires (4 days)
Arriving in Buenos Aires, we will enjoy boutique accommodations at the five-star Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt, located in the heart of the French heritage district, Recoleta. After settling into our rooms, guests are invited to stroll the hotel grounds or enjoy an afternoon of leisure and relaxation.
Argentine cuisine is heavily influenced by its European roots. For our first dinner, we will enjoy the Italian flavors of Marcelo at Puerto Madero. Owner Marcelo Piegari describes his menu as traditional Italian that pays homage to the gastronomy of Buenos Aires.
Continuing our celebration of the birthplace of tango, we’ll dine at the famed Gala Tango. Our three-course wine dinner will also include an intimate tango performance presenting a modern approach to the traditional art form that is both irresistible and entertaining.
While touring the city we will dine together at La Cabrera, Argentina’s star steakhouse, where we’ll enjoy the best local grilled meats accompanied by the finest wines.
Our time in Buenos Aires also includes a private tour of Teatro Colón opera house (ranked the third best in the world) and the chance to savor Argentine pizza at one of the city’s oldest pizzerias, El Cuartito.
Highlights from Mendoza (3 days)
Most viticulture in Argentina takes place in the foothills of the Andes, and most famously in Mendoza, where desert landscapes and high altitudes combine to make a terroir that gives rise to aromatic, intensely flavored wines.
Upon arrival, we’ll enjoy a private transfer from the airport to the Park Hyatt Hotel in downtown Mendoza. With its beautifully restored 19th-century Spanish colonial facade, this five-star hotel is nothing short of spectacular. The hotel is also holds a casino and luxury spa. Situated in one of the greatest wine capitals of the world, Mendoza is the perfect basecamp to explore all the sights and flavors of the foothills and high plains of Argentina. While in Mendoza, we will take a private tour of Bodega Benegas winery, of which has been in business since 1883, and Piedra Infinita, the highest vineyard in the province, where Sebastian Zuccardi produces his wines with the highest standards of quality.
We will enjoy private wine tasting and lunch at casa El Enemigo winery, in the district of Maipu, where Alejandro Vigil creates his outstanding wines, and also a visit to DiamAndes winery in the Uco Vally, owned by a French winemaking family who relocated to Mendoza in 2005. Here, we’ll savor an exclusive traditional al fresco grilling experience at the vineyard with Chef Santiago Orozco Russo.
We will visit the award-winning Santa Julia winery for a private olive oil tasting course, teaching you the art of pairing olive oil and food. You’ll also get to take a private tour of the Karup-Pereyra Da Silva family workshop, which produces exquisite artisanal knives under the brand KDS.
“Not only was Argentina a fabulous country and the food and wine outstanding, but traveling with Chef and Suzanne was having 24 hour tour guides with a deep knowledge and appreciation for the country. You won’t find that level of service anywhere else.” — Susan and David, North Carolina
Highlights from Villa La Angostura and San Carlos de Bariloche, the Jewels of Patagonia (3 days)
Situated between the Andes mountains of Chile to the west and Atlantic Patagonia to the east, Argentina’s Lake District presents breathtaking vistas aplenty. We’ll explore this gorgeous region from two vantage points: the idyllic towns of San Carlos de Bariloche and Villa La Angostura.
We will fly to San Carlos de Bariloche and take a private transfer along the famous Route of the Seven Lakes to Villa La Angostura, where we’ll enjoy a two-day stay at this beautiful village, rich with Swiss alpine architecture, quaint shops, and spectacular lake views. Then, we’ll take a private transfer to San Carlos de Bariloche for downtime to enjoy shopping and lunch and an overnight stay at the five-star Alma del Lago Suite & Spa, on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi.
“The trip was magnificent. The week in Buenos Aires was a wonderful experience. The food, wine and camaraderie were so much fun! The restaurants were all first class and a nice mixture of varying ambiance and food—a read treat for foodies! – Jan & Bob, North Carolina
Explore some of our favorite moments featured in the 2015 and 2016 photo gallery. For more information about Culinary & Wine Tours Argentina, contact Chef Ricardo LLC c/o Chef Ricardo Fernandez Battini at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828.492.4073.