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Overview

Argentina Wine Tour & Cooking Vacation

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.

Dining outside during a wine tour.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.

A closeup of grapes growing on a winery, visited during a wine tasting tour with The International Kitchen.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.

Argentina Wine Tour & Cooking Vacation Highlights

Our unique Argentina wine tours and cooking vacations provide you with an authentic and delicious way to experience Argentina! But your food and wine tour in Mendoza will feature:

  • two hands-on cooking classes
  • Mendoza wine tasting tours at several different local vineyards
  • accommodations in the chic city of Mendoza
  • excursions in the Maipú region and the high mountains
  • meals as indicated
  • and more!

Mendoza Food and Wine Tour 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. You will also have a cooking 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 food and wine tour at the vineyards of the Maipú region, in the heart of Mendoza Wine Country. Your English-speaking guide will take you to on an exploration of Argentinian wines and olive oil. Your Mendoza wine tasting will start at the Benegas Winery, whose new generation has restored the wine-making traditions of this nineteenth-century estate.
  • Next stop is an olive oil producer.  Founded in 1906, the Laur factory was a pioneer not only in the implementation of olive trees in Mendoza but also in the olive oil industry. In 2020, it was named the 3rd most important olive oil factory in the world. You will learn about olive oil and aceto balsamico, and you will enjoy a nice olive oil tasting as well.
  • And your final stop on our wine tour will be a small, family-run winey that has been making fine Argentinian wines for five generations. Here you will enjoy lunch accompanied by their wines.
  • Return to Mendoza around 5 pm, 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

  • Your wine tour and cooking vacation in Argentina continues with an interactive cooking class at Andeluna Cellars, which is located in Uco Valley, just 90 minutes from Mendoza. Built in 2005, the winery strives to blend in with its surroundings, without altering the magical presence of the mountain. You will prepare a delicious lunch, which you will enjoy with their wines.
  • 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 Mendoza Wine and Food Tour

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 and olive oil 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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Food and Wine Tour Argentina Pricing & Dates

Find pricing and dates for our Argentina wine tasting tour and cooking vacation below, and contact us for availability or to plan your trip.



Argentina Culinary Vacation Pricing:

5-Night Cooking Vacation Pricing

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.

Balance payment due 60 days prior to tour start date. Questions? Please contact us!

Please inquire for upgrade costs.

Three-night food and wine tours also available, please inquire.


Argentina Food and Wine Tour Dates

Our authentic Argentina wine tours and cooking vacations are available year round for a minimum of 2, maximum of 6 people. Sample dates follow, but please inquire for other dates.

2022
September 4-9
September 11-16
September 18-23
September 25-30
October 2-7
October 9-14
October 16-21
October 23-28
October 30-November 4
November 6-11
November 13-18
November 20-25
November 27-December 2
December 4-9
December 11-16
December 18-23

2023
Please inquire for dates.

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!
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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!

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