Bar at the Mod Hotel in Mendoza, home for your culinary vacation in Argentina
Bathroom at the Mod Hotel in Mendoza, home for your culinary vacation in Argentina
Double room view at the Mod Hotel in Mendoza, home for your culinary vacation in Argentina
Double at the Mod Hotel in Mendoza, home for your culinary vacation in Argentina
Facade at the Mod Hotel in Mendoza, home for your culinary vacation in Argentina
Double room at the Mod Hotel in Mendoza, home for your culinary vacation in Argentina
Lobby of the at the Mod Hotel in Mendoza, home for your culinary vacation in Argentina
Pool at the at the Mod Hotel in Mendoza, home for your culinary vacation in Argentina
Overview

Cuisine And Wine of Mendoza

This trip is eligible for our Worry-Free Booking promotion.

Join us for our Mendoza wine tours and culinary vacations and discover why this part of Argentina is known as a great foodie destination. 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 you will discover on our Mendoza wine tours has also been influenced for decades by Mediterranean cuisine — including Italian, French, and Spanish — making it a great 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 and Mendoza wine tours.

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, you will explore Mendoza’s most popular plazas and statues. Venture into the Mendoza province on our Mendoza wine tours to discover the local wine, particularly Malbec, which you will taste plenty of 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 Mendoza 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.

The wine-producing grapes of Argentina were originally brought to South America by Spanish colonizers, and wine production has been practiced there ever since. Argentina’s climate, with its high altitude and optimal low humidity, is particularly good for growing wine grapes, as it inhibits the growth of molds and funghi that often plague grape varieties. And in the last couple decades a real emphasis on improving the quality of these wines has culminated in some top-rated vineyards. On our Mendoza wine tours you will learn about the most popular variety in Argentina – Malbec – but also about other reds and even whites. And because Argentina is in the southern hemisphere, the growing season is October to February, which means you can escape on a winter vacation to Argentina and enjoy a wine-harvest tour at the same time!

So whether you are looking to make authentic Argentinian-Italian cuisine, taste the famous steaks, gorge yourself on empanadas, or sample the wines on our Mendoza wine tours, our Wine and Cuisine of Mendoza culinary tours are just the thing for you!


Latest Review

I gave this trip 5 stars
Linda
Texas
International Kitchen in Mendoza with cooking classes and wineries was fabulous! Diplomatic Hotel in downtown Mendoza was wonderful.

Trip Details

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

  • The first hands-on class will be at a winery and will include a visit, tasting, and class based on traditional techniques cooking with fire, with lunch to follow.
  • The second class will be at a local winery and will include the preparation of a complete lunch.

Itinerary

Day One

  • Arrival and pickup from Mendoza Airport to begin your Mendoza Argentina wine tour!
  • 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 your Mendoza wine tours start with a transfer to the Susana Balbo Winery for a visit and tastings, as well as a class on using traditional fire techniques for cooking: grill, wood oven, steel pan, and iron cauldron, as well as examining the use of direct flame versus wire.
  • Lunch to follow.
  • Return to your hotel with free time and dinner on your own.
  • Overnight.

Day Three

  • Pickup from your hotel and continue your Mendoza wine tours at 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 have a Mendoza wine tasting at 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 on our Mendoza wine tours, 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 on our Mendoza wine tours might be the wonderful El Enemigo Winery, whose winemakers have recaptured the era 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. We hope you have enjoyed your Mendoza wine tours, your cooking classes, and your cultural discoveries!
  • Transfer to Mendoza airport.

Trip Details

Included in the 5-Night Trip

Accommodations

5 nights accommodation in 5* 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 be at a winery and will include a visit, tasting, and class based on traditional techniques cooking with fire, with lunch to follow.
  • 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 boutique Hotel Diplomatic is a refined, 5* hotel with an outdoor pool, gym facilities, wonderful views, and easy access to many restaurants and wine shops. Its luxurious rooms are spacious with wood floors, white linens, and panoramic views of the city or the mountains. The marble en suite baths are elegant and offer all the traditional 5* amenities.

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Pricing & Tour Dates

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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)

30% deposit due to confirm booking.

This trip is eligible for our “Worry-Free Booking” promotion*, which means your deposit is fully refundable up to 31 days prior to the trip start date. Questions? Please contact us!

*See our terms & conditions for details and exclusions.

Please inquire for upgrade costs.

Three-night itinerary also available, please inquire.


Tour Dates

Available year round for a minimum of 2, maximum of 6 people. Sample dates follow, please inquire for other dates.

2020

July 5-10
July 12-17
July 19-24
July 26-31
August 2-7
August 9-14
August 16-21
August 23-28
August 30-September 4
September 6-11
September 13-18
September 20-25
September 27-October 2
October 4-9
October 11-16
October 18-23
October 25-30
November 1-6
November 8-13
November 15-20
November 22-27
November 29-December 4
December 6-11
December 13-18
December 20-25

2021
Available year round for a minimum of 2, maximum of 6 people. Sample dates follow, please inquire for other dates.

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

Reviews

I gave this trip 5 stars
Linda
Texas
International Kitchen in Mendoza with cooking classes and wineries was fabulous! Diplomatic Hotel in downtown Mendoza was wonderful.
We gave this trip 5 stars
Steve & Anne
CA
We thoroughly enjoyed each day of our class in Mendoza. Paola is an exceptional guide, with her varied background she is so knowledgeable, and Hugo is a good driver, always ready with a smile. The Hotel Diplomat had spacious rooms, very nice breakfast and is just a couple blocks from the Aristedes area, full of bars and varied eateries. A highlight was the last day, spent at Finca Agostino where Chef Charley spent almost 6 hours guiding us through various cooking methodologies, which we helped prepare and cook, while the tasting room host Alejandro kept our glasses full. Another of our favorite days was the wine tasting day where we ended up at El Enemigo restaurant having one of the best meals we had in Argentina along with their Cab Franc, one of the favorite wines tasted on the trip. We also spent a day with Chef Nicolas in the kitchen of the Susana Balbo winery, where he patiently guided us through some of the Italian influences present in Argentine cuisine. Although we enjoyed the prepping and eating we felt the menu should have a little more variety as we were mainly making foods based on dough and wished it could have been lightened up a bit; add an Italian vegetable dish, or at least swap out the bread rolls for a lesson in making empanadas!
No rating given with this review
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
No rating given with this review
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.
No rating given with this review
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!

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