From the capital city to a unique spot in within the Mendoza wine region, this itinerary highlights some of the best of Buenos Aires and the Uco Valley.
One Week Itinerary
Day 1 - 4: Buenos Aires
In Buenos Aires you can catch a football game as lively as premier league in England, see people dancing Argentine tango in the streets, and eat great food to your heart's content. This remarkably European feeling city is filled with beautiful architecture and lots of boho spots to hang out.
Home Hotel was a great resting place for us. Their amazing garden was a pleasure to have breakfast in. In the afternoon you can take a refreshing dip in their pool while your lunch or cocktail is being made. The service at the hotel was excellent and the staff always willing to go the extra mile to help you out from booking transportation to receiving mail.
Most notable neighbourhoods to explore: Recoletta, San Telmo, and Palermo. Each was special in their own way and required a day to fully explore.
Best Lounge Bars:
Falena for a bookstore where you can order a glass of wine and find inspiration in the amazing interior design.
Alvear Rooftop bar for tasty cocktails, people watching and sunset views.
Best Late Night Bite: Perez-H - Be careful here, this late night burger joint has an option to dip your fresh off the grill sandwich in cheese sauce! The fries with cheese and pancetta are also deadly.
Top Tip: There is currently a monetary crisis in Argentina and it is difficult to withdraw large sums of money. Cash is still king and bringing in and converting USD within Argentina is the best way to get Argentine Pesos.
Day 5: Arrive in the Uco Valley, Mendoza
The Uco Valley is considered one of the best sub-regions of Mendoza for wine making. Located at a higher altitude, a unique alluvial terroir and extreme day/night temperature differences make for excellent grape growing conditions. Vast views of the Andean mountains and smaller crowd make this region perfect for exploring!
Since you're going to wine drinking heaven, consider hiring a private driver for airport transportation and to take you to your tastings. It's better not to drive! Mendoza Gostosa provided an amazing service for a great rate and was able to recommend and book tastings for us based on our preferences. Their five star TripAdvisor rating says it all! We used them for transfers to and from the airport and for two days of wine tours.
Stay at Finca La Azul.
It was a treat to stay in this boutique family-owned vineyard hotel that serves up tasty dinners paired with their excellent and plentiful wine. We had a different themed dinner every night and didn't feel the need to dine elsewhere. The grounds are very well kept and perfect for lounging around.
Top Tip: Book a room on the second floor so you have an incredible view of the vineyards and mountains.
Consider stopping off at the Chandon winery on the way from the airport to your hotel for your first sips from the Mendoza region. It was the first Moët & Chandon company established outside of France.
Day 6: Two wineries for tour & tasting plus another winery for lunch
Wine tasting in Mendoza was a bit different than we were used to. You must book tastings in advance and depending on the winery you may be tasting alone or with a group of up to 10 people. You can book tastings, tours or just lunch (which comes with a selection of wines).
When you're having lunch you won't get the information on the wines that you would at a tasting but you get to drink a lot of it. It's up to you to ask questions on the winery's processes and for tasting notes at lunch if you're interested.
Best spot for lunch: Bodega La Azul - Owned by the same family as the Finca La Azul hotel, this restaurant has outstanding food, wine & service
O. Fournier: Incredible architecture matched with the best label we tasted during our stay. Take a tour through a winery that looks straight out of a James Bond film and have a rich, private tasting. The O. Fournier Malbec (not for export) was our favourite wine of the region.
Corazon Del Sol: An intimate experience and a great education from a passionate grower. We learned a lot here about vines, growing grapes and optimizing harvests and enjoyed a diverse tasting in their cellar. Very well priced.
Top Tip: Lunches are HUGE and almost always have a steak course. Consider small breakfasts and starting your tours early so you can save room for dinner. You can also request a veggie meal to skip the steak that afternoon.
Day 7: Discover more wines or relax... with more wine
Option 1: Book two new winery tours and tastings and a new lunch spot to get the most out of the region.
Option 2: Relax at by pool with a bottle you bought the day before or your favourite from the hotel.
If you can add time to your trip we would recommend adding it to Mendoza. We didn't want to leave since it was so relaxing and there's over 900 wineries to discover 👀!
Day 8: Travel day back home
If you have a later flight on your last day we recommend visiting the Spanish winery Belasco Baquedano and having their great lunch on your way to airport.
Top Tip: You can travel with wine bottles in your carry on when travelling domestically. Consider bringing a wine suitcase for bringing your favs back home. It is prohibitively expensive to ship wine due to the weak Argentine Peso.