Cuisine And Wine of 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 looking for an authentic cooking vacation and foodie tour. 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, and you will explore them during your hands-on cooking classes.

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, which you will discover on our Mendoza wine tours. In the Maipu region, just a few miles from the city, visit some of the country’s oldest vineyards and bodegas on our wine tours with 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.


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Exceeded expectations in the personal connections. Our tour guide Cecilia was exceptional in her knowledge of the area and her enthusiasm for Mendoza. She was a fun and a pleasant person as a host. It was wonderful to have a driver, Cintia who was also very enjoyable, as well as a separate tour guide. Cecilia and Cintia were very attentive and always on time. Being picked up and dropped off at the airport made the trip less hectic and stress free. The vineyards that we visited were varied and interesting, a good mix of different places and ambiance. The first cooking class with Maria at Susana Balbo's vineyard was fabulous. Maria was very knowledgeable and we created a nice variety of dishes in a beautiful and well furnished kitchen. The second cooking class at Andeluna Vineyard was minimal but fun. However, the vineyard host/guide was wonderful and the lunch were exceptional. The drive to Aconcagua was long but we liked the variety in the trip. We loved the mountain walk and topped it off with a great lunch. Terrance & Donna, MN

Trip Details

Your 2 cooking classes will explore Argentina’s unique mix of European and South American influences.

  • The first hands-on class will focus of Italian-Argentinian cuisine, including pizza cooked Argentinian-style—on the grill!
  • The second class will be at a local winery and will include the preparation of a complete lunch.


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Itinerary

Day One

  • Arrival and pickup from Mendoza Airport.
  • Transfer to Mendoza City, where you will have a city tour. You will visit the main plazas: Endependecia, Plaza San Martín, and Plaza España, as well as the San Martin Park and its lake. At the end of the park, ascend “Cerro de la Gloria” (Glory Hill), which is crowned with a wonderful statue of San Martin and his Liberation Army. It is one of the world’s most complex and renowned bronze sculptures. See also the Greek Theater Frank Romero Day, where the harvest festival is celebrated each year, and the Civic Center.
  • Transfer to your hotel for check in. Dinner on your own (your host can make suggestions) and overnight.

Day Two

  • This morning transfer to the Dominio del Plata winery in the Lujan de Cuyo Region for your first cooking class, “Manos a la masa” (or “hands on the dough”). Start with a cheese and ham platter accompanied by the winery’s fine wines, and then it is off to the kitchen. This class will feature Argentina’s unique fusion of Italian and Argentinian cuisines, and you will learn about the strong Italian heritage that influences both the gastronomy and wine making of Argentina. Prepare the dough for both country bread and grilled home-made pizza, as well as pasta with two different sauces. Lunch to follow based on your efforts.
  • Return to your hotel with free time and dinner on your own.
  • Overnight.

Day Three

  • Pickup from your hotel and transfer to the vineyards of the Maipú region, in the heart of Mendoza Wine Country. Your English-speaking guide will take you to three different wineries. Depending on the week, you might visit the Benegas Winery, whose new generation has restored the wine-making traditions of this nineteenth-century estate. You may also visit the CarinaE Boutique Winery, owned by a charming French couple, which has received a lot of buzz for its latest vintages of Malbec, Syrah and Cabernaet Suavignon. And your final stop will be the wonderful El Enemigo Winery, whose winemakers have recaptured the ear when European immigrants first settled in Argentina.
  • Lunch at the winery, accompanied by fine wines.
  • Return to Mendoza with free time and dinner on your own. Overnight.

Day Four

  • Breakfast.
  • Your driver will pick you up at 8:30 a.m. for a scenic drive to the highest mountain in the Americas. You’ll leave the city along National route 7 and pass through Lujan de Cuyo. Soon after, you’ll leave the countryside behind to enter the pre-mountain range area. The first stop will be in Potrerillos, a small mountain town, with weekend residences belonging to the inhabitants of Mendoza. There is also an unbeatable view of the Potrerillos dam, which forms a breathtaking artificial lake.
  • Back on the road, head to Uspallata, which is framed by mountainous landscapes with changing colors, various geological formations, and many tunnels.
  • The tour continues through several other small mountain towns, including Polvaredas, Punta de Vacas, and Penitentes, until you reach Puente del Inca, a natural bridge where Las Cuevas River has drilled into the mountains to form an incredible natural attraction. Close to the border, a wonderful view allows you to see Aconcauga Mountain, which stands at 22,841 feet above sea level.
  • On the way back, stop in Uspallata for lunch.
  • Return to your hotel about 6:00 p.m. Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight.

Day Five

  • Enjoy an interactive cooking class with our Chef. The experience begins in our winery garden, where you will be sourcing the ingredients for your class. The class will last approximately 5 hours and includes the delectable lunch you will prepare and taste alongside a special pairing of Agostino wines in our restaurant.
  • Return transfer to the hotel around 5PM, with free time and dinner on your own.
  • Overnight.

Day Six

  • Breakfast and check out.
  • Transfer to Mendoza airport.

Trip Details

Included in the 5-Night Trip

Accommodations

5 nights accommodation in 4* hotel

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 4 lunches, local wine, water, and coffee included

Classes & Instructors

Your 2 cooking classes will explore Argentina’s unique mix of European and South American influences.

  • The first hands-on class will focus of Italian-Argentinian cuisine, including pizza cooked Argentinian-style—on the grill!
  • The second class will be at a local winery and will include the preparation of a complete lunch.

Excursions

  • Mendoza city tour
  • Winery tour in the Maipú region
  • High mountain tour

Transfer Details

  • Arrival and departure transfers from/to Mendoza airport

Accommodation Information

Situated in the heart of Mendoza, and offering beautiful views of the nearby mountains, the Mod Hotel is a comfortable hotel decorated in a minimalist style. The hotel includes 84 spacious rooms with modern amenities, such as air conditioning, heating, LCD TV, safe deposit boxes, mini bar, telephones, wireless Internet, and microwave ovens. The property also has an outdoor pool, spa, sauna, gym, and restaurant.

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Year-Round Pricing:

5-night Program
US$2300 per person based on double occupancy
  • Add US$375 for single occupancy (use of a double room by 1 person)

Please inquire for upgrade costs.

Three-night itinerary also available, please inquire.


Tour Dates

Available the following dates for a minimum of 2, maximum of 6 people. Other start dates also possible, please inquire.
†Join a week others have confirmed.

2019
January 20-25
January 27-February 1
February 3-8
February 10-15
February 17-22
February 24-March 1
March 3-8
March 10-15
March 17-22
March 24-29
March 31-April 5
April 7-12
April 14-19
April 21-26
April 28-May 3
May 5-10
May 12-17
May 19-24
May 26-31
June 2-7
June 9-14
June 16-21
June 23-28
June 27-July 2† (Thursday to Tuesday)
July 7-12
July 14-19
July 21-26
July 28-August 2
August 4-9
August 11-16
August 18-23
August 25-30
September 1-6
September 8-13
September 15-20
September 22-27
September 29-October 4
October 6-11
October 13-18
October 20-25
October 27-November 1
November 3-8
November 10-15
November 17-22
November 24-29
December 1-6
December 8-13
December 15-20
December 22-27

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Reviews

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Exceeded expectations in the personal connections. Our tour guide Cecilia was exceptional in her knowledge of the area and her enthusiasm for Mendoza. She was a fun and a pleasant person as a host. It was wonderful to have a driver, Cintia who was also very enjoyable, as well as a separate tour guide. Cecilia and Cintia were very attentive and always on time. Being picked up and dropped off at the airport made the trip less hectic and stress free. The vineyards that we visited were varied and interesting, a good mix of different places and ambiance. The first cooking class with Maria at Susana Balbo's vineyard was fabulous. Maria was very knowledgeable and we created a nice variety of dishes in a beautiful and well furnished kitchen. The second cooking class at Andeluna Vineyard was minimal but fun. However, the vineyard host/guide was wonderful and the lunch were exceptional. The drive to Aconcagua was long but we liked the variety in the trip. We loved the mountain walk and topped it off with a great lunch. Terrance & Donna, MN
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I had a great time on the trip. As usual, The International Kitchen provided a nice mix of activities, locations and people who fostered a culinary culture and great learning experience. Loved the first cooking class. The vineyard tours and tastings were good. The wine and food were excellent. The locations where we ate and visited were beautiful. The trip to the Andes was great. The local tour guide (Paula) was excellent and knowledgeable. I felt there was one major let down, which prevented me from saying the trip exceeded expectations. The last night of the itinerary was a beautiful location where we watched the chef (who was very engaging) prepare the exact same dinner we had learned to make (hands-on) earlier in the week... This was a let down compared to the other three cooking trips I have done with TIK. It was a real let down as our last night of a great week.
Response from The International Kitchen: We're so glad to hear what a wonderful time you had! We apologize for the miscommunication regarding the second class, and the menu should not have been duplicated! Our partners in Mendoza have received your feedback, and we'll ensure this won't happen again. Thank you.
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All in all, it was a great trip! The help from the International Kitchen team prior to traveling was excellent. The destination was one of a kind. We found the accommodations at the Mod Hotel to be very good (though oddly, they weren't able to convert pesos or even provide change for pesos.) The on-the-ground team was very accommodating and we definitely enjoyed our tour guide Paola. Both cooking classes were enjoyable, however, the first in a beautiful vineyard setting was considerably more fun and useful. It was hands-on and we enjoyed that. Unfortunately the menu for both classes was the same and that should have been considered beforehand. Our road trip to the Andes was superb! The winery tours/tasting were fun and the amount of free time was ideal. We appreciated the local dining suggestions also. Fortunately the weather, while hot, cooperated and created a beautiful backdrop for the Mendoza area scenery. Cynthia K., IL
Response from The International Kitchen: We're so glad to hear what a wonderful time you had! We've learned there was a miscommunication between your local organizer and the chef, resulting in a duplicate menu. We apologize for this, and we'll make sure it doesn't happen again!