Where to go Wine Tasting in Buenos Aires

If you’re planning a trip to Buenos Aires, a wine tasting is a must-do experience.

Wine is Argentina’s national drink after all. You’d be doing yourself a cultural disservice in NOT trying all the Malbec you possible can.

Wondering where to go wine tasting in Buenos Aires?

This article includes my favorite wine bars in town, organized wine tastings and tours to choose from.

A woman pours red wine into a glass

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Wine Tasting in Buenos Aires: What to Expect

Recent years have seen a burgeoning wine scene in Buenos Aires.

Despite being world famous for it’s Mendoza Malbec’s, there weren’t many wine bars in town offering variety or expertise. Thankfully, these days you have a wide variety of stylish bars to choose from, each with knowledgeable sommeliers and curated menus.

For a more informed experience, I recommend an organized wine tasting with a sommelier.

There are a number of wine regions and varietals in Argentina and a local expert will give you a better picture and understanding of Argentina’s wine production.

Pain et Vin

Pain et Vin was one of the first (if not THE first) wine bar on the scene when it opened. It remains my favorite to this day.

Eleonora and her husband together form the pain and vin. Eleonora is the sommelier mastermind behind the wine and her husband is the expert baker, the pain.

They offer wine tastings from Tuesdays through Saturdays from 16h-20h. They include five wines, a cheese platter, house made breads, and a very informative discussion about Argentina’s wine history and regions. You’ll need to email them in advance to reserve your tasting.

If you’d prefer to just visit, they offer wine flights of three glasses and always have excellent wines by the glass available.

Small Group Wine Tour

Another very popular experience is this wine tasting with groups capped at maximum 8 people.

The experience is intimate and spread out over two hours, allowing plenty of time to savor the wines and learn from an expert sommelier.

A picada/charcuterie and empanadas are included to accompany the tasting, in true Argentine fashion.

Click here for more information and reservations.

Wine Discovery Buenos Aires

Join Bertie and Aby, an English sommelier (WSET3) and an Argentinian chef for a unique Buenos Aires wine tasting experience.

They have been operating Wine Discovery with their combined expertise since 2016.

Wine Discovery offers small group experiences and also private tastings, accompanied by local dishes.

Click here for more information and reservations.

The Argentine Experience

For a more complete look at Argentine cuisine, there is no better option on the market than the Argentine Experience.

It’s far more than a cooking class, they describe it as an “interactive dining experience.”

You’ll learn about steak, empanadas, yerba mate, alfajores, and more. Before sitting down to a meal you’ll learn how to make and properly close (an art all of its own) an empanada.

The sit down meal includes a wine pairing of four boutique Argentine wines.

It’s an experience I cannot recommend enough if you consider yourself a foodie. You’ll be able to try aspects of Argentine cuisine that you can’t try unless you’re with a local (like how to properly prepare a mate).

Click here for more information and reservations.

Wine Tasting in Buenos Aires at Nilson in San Telmo (Keep in mind, these prices are very out of date)

Wine Tasting in San Telmo

So many Buenos Aires wine tasting experiences are in Palermo, but if you are basing yourself in the historic San Telmo neighborhood, never fear. There are options for you as well!

San Telmo is a charming district with plenty of wine options to choose from.

Here are my three favorites:

  • Nilson | Nilson is a tiny wine bar tucked away on the outside of the Mercado del San Telmo at Carlos Calvo 463. They have an extensive wine by the glass menu organized not by varietal, but by intensity. I love how reds and whites intermingle on the menu, categorized as intense or fresh wines.
  • 1853 Experience | This is a dedicated wine bar offering scheduled events and private tastings. Email them to schedule a private tasting.
  • Aldo’s San Telmo | Aldo’s is a restaurant and wine shop that offers wine tastings in the heart of San Telmo. They offer a tasting that includes three wines but you can upgrade your experience to include five. Click here to reserve.

Buenos Aires Wine Bar Map

Here’s a map of my favorite wine bars in Buenos Aires to grab a glass, a flight, or schedule a tasting.

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Argentina Travel Resources

  • TRAVEL INSURANCE | While it’s always been a good idea to travel insured, it is currently an entry requirement for Argentina. As of Jan 29, 2022 it is a requirement to provide proof of travel insurance that covers COVID with coverage for quarantine and hospital stays. SafetyWing is an affordable plan that meets the requirements with their digital nomad plan (great to tourists as well).
  • PHONE PLAN | These days, traveling with data is essential. Especially in Argentina where everything is managed on Instagram and WhatsApp. Purchasing a local SIM card can be tricky without a local ID, I recommend this E-SIM card, which has unlimited data. It’s hassle free and affordable. If you have an older phone that doesn’t support E-SIM, check out DrimSim for a physical sim card alternative.
  • ACCOMMODATION IN ARGENTINA | booking.com is the most common hotel site used in Argentina and it’s where you’ll find the most options.
  • RENTAL CARS | I love to travel Argentina via road trip, check out Discover Cars for the best rates for rental cars.
  • VPN | If you’ll be using a public WiFi connection and want to secure your data, I highly recommend using a VPN, I personally use and have had a good experience with ExpressVPN. I also use it to access Hulu and American Netflix from Argentina.
  • FLIGHTS | Always check Google Flights and Skyscanner for flights to and within Argentina. Aerolineas Argentina is the local airline with the most routes. FlyBondi and Jetsmart are two budget airlines with dirt cheap prices (but expect to pay for every add-on like luggage)
  • NEED HELP PLANNING? | I offer one-on-one travel consultations to help you plan your trip in Argentina. Pick my brain to get a local’s insight. Click here for more information.

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