Cuisine And Wine of Mendoza
Ciudad de Mendoza
Around the world, Argentina is known for its grilled beef and steakhouses, a tradition that began in the 19th century when ranchers in the Pampas region roasted meat on a spit and then sliced it off in chunks. But the gastronomy in this South American country has also been influenced for decades by Mediterranean cuisine — including Italian, French, and Spanish — making it a destination for any foodie. From their chimichurri sauces, raviolis, and empanadas to their traditional yerba mate tea, meals here are social events and an important part of daily life.
Experience this love of food in the thriving metropolis of Mendoza, which is situated at the foothills of the Andes mountains. In addition to discovering the cuisine of the city, tour Mendoza's most popular plazas and statues. The Mendoza province is also known for its wine, particularly Malbec. In the Maipu region, just a few miles from the city, visit some of the country's oldest vineyards and bodegas for wine tastings. The province is also populated with a number of charming mountain towns, which you can explore during a unique high mountain tour that features stunning natural attractions, such as a natural bridge formed by the Las Cuevas river.
Your accommodations for the week, the 4-star Mod Hotel (or similar), is located in the city center of Mendoza. When not enjoying the sights of Argentina, relax in the hotel's outdoor pool, or spend some time in the spa. The property also has its own restaurant.
About the cooking classes: The cooking classes will explore Argentina's unique mix of European and South American influences. The first will focus of Italian-Argentinian cuisine, including pizza cooked Argentinian-style—on the grill! The second class will be at a local restaurant and will include the preparation of a 6-course tasting menu.