Argentina is an unforgettable wine touring destination with incredibly diverse landscapes, rich culture, and outstanding culinary heritage

It is early evening, and winemaker Sebastian Zuccardi tends to a group of wine enthusiasts, who have come to taste his Bonarda label and better understand the nuances of this seductive red grape variety. The wine is aromatic, complex and refined; the setting is similarly perfect; a restaurant terrace with unrestricted views of the snow-capped Andes mountain range – serrated blades of rock and ice that separate Argentina from its Chilean neighbor.

This is Mendoza, Argentina’s most famous and important wine region. Its capital, the tree-lined city of Mendoza itself, is recognized as one of the world’s eight Great Wine Capitals, an accolade that it richly deserves. Less than 2 hours flight away from Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, Mendoza is surely one of the world’s most beautiful vineyards, an exotic mix of mountains, lush oases of green and arid semi-desert.

However, for many years the wines were quietly consumed domestically – that was until the 1990s, which saw a remarkably rapid change of pace for what is now the world’s ninth-biggest wine producer. After a long period of inertia, old cellars were rejuvenated, glamorous new ones built with outside investment and as a result, modern Mendoza, and indeed wider Argentina, is a wine tourism paradise. The two most important sub-regions – Valle de Uco and Luján de Cuyo – are places where one encounters some of the highest vineyards in the world. In fact, the altitudes at which Argentine vineyards flourish would be unthinkably high in Europe: from 700 to 1,400m, and even up 3,015m in the northern province of Salta. A winemaker’s paradise indeed.

Yet despite the undeniable appeal of Argentina’s wine regions, there is far more to this luxury destination than the grapes alone. Argentina, with its enticing blend of extreme landscapes, fascinating history, and vibrant culture, offers much and asks little. Buenos Aires is a case in point; a city of such architectural splendor (not to mention legendary nightlife) and diversity that many visitors never wish to leave. And so it’s a cliché, sure, but a cliché that really works for this multifaceted country: there really is something for everyone in Argentina.


Argentina Wine Tours Highlights:

  • Bespoke VIP tours of leading wineries
  • Stay in Argentina's finest hotels
  • Private Driver Guide
  • Taste Argentina's best wines
  • Experience the majesty of the Andes first-hand

Below is a suggested Itinerary for your private Argentina Wine Tours

  1. Buenos Aires

    Welcome to Argentina

    buenos Buenos Aires, National Congressaires
    National Congress
    • Hotel Hub Porteño
    • Wine Tasting Dinner
    • Luxury Vehicle with Private Driver

    Bienvenidos! Your Argentine adventure starts here in Buenos Aires, South America’s most dynamic and thriving metropolis. After a brief journey to your luxury accommodation in the heart of the city, you’ll have plenty of time to settle in and unwind in the most prestigious of settings. Your next port of call is the southern districts of Buenos Aires – your private chauffeur will take you on a fascinating journey through the beating heart of the city, including a relaxing boat ride. Marvel at the architecture, the vibrancy – you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the sights and take photos.

    But the fun is only just beginning. After you’ve had time to relax and enjoy the hotel, we’ve organized an exclusive wine tasting at one of the city’s most upmarket restaurants – Freud & Fahler. Your sommelier will take you on a guided tour of Argentina’s viticultural landscape, paired with gourmet delicacies that are selected to match each wine. Legendary chef Pol Lykan is in charge, so you’re in safe hands. After dinner, the choice is yours. Return to your hotel for a digestive, or explore Buenos Aires’ most lively and captivating barrio (district) – Palermo.

  2. Buenos Aires

    Cooking class, gourmet lunch and Tango

    Tango dancing
    Tango dancing
    • Hotel Hub Porteño
    • Full breakfast, cooking class lunch with wine, Dinner & Show with wine
    • Luxury Vehicle with Private Driver

    Today has a wonderful set of experiences in store, including a bespoke cookery class at another of the city’s leading restaurants. After breakfast at your hotel, your driver will whisk you away to the next destination, Tierra Negra, for your gastronomic adventure. We hope you’re ravenous, as after the ‘lesson’ you’ll be enjoying a feast of Argentine flavors and textures, including Papines Andinos Picantes (spicy Andean potatoes) from the north of Argentina and Alfajores de Maicena, which are traditional sandwich biscuits filled with Dulce de Leche (caramel) and side-coated with shredded coconut. Dangerously moreish, guests always ask for seconds and thirds! Naturally, only the best Argentine wines will be served with your meal.

    After lunch, you’ll probably want to relax and take in the sights before tonight’s performance – the legendary Argentine dance, Tango. We’ve chosen Buenos Aires’ leading destination for Tango as your hosts for the evening – with its period architecture and refinement, Gala Tango is effortlessly glamorous and chic. Marvel at the sophistication and energy of this traditional dance movement, while enjoying gourmet cuisine and, of course, matching wines. It simply doesn’t get any better than this.

    – You have the option to take a private Tango lesson before dinner and after the show.
    – Dinner begins at 8:30 pm and the show starts at 10:00 pm. The show will last 1.5

  3. Mendoza

    City tour & Luxury Wine Lodge

    Mendoza Vineyards
    Mendoza Vineyards
    • Cavas Wine Lodge
    • Full Breakfast, Dinner with wine
    • Luxury Vehicle with Private Driver

    Today your driver will take you to the airport for the next stage of your trip – Mendoza. We hope you’ve enjoyed Buenos Aires, as, after a sumptuous breakfast at your hotel, you’ll be flying to the wine capital of South America. Utterly stunning, the wider Mendoza region is blessed with an enviable diversity of grape varieties (don’t just think Malbec, Argentina is no one-trick pony!) thanks to mid-19th-century immigration from Spain and Italy. Quite simply, Mendoza represents a viticultural paradise; superlative Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, sparkling wine, Chardonnay and more are all up for grabs.

    However, first, we’d like you to get acquainted with Mendoza itself. Your driver will meet you at the airport and take you to the heart of the city for a VIP guided tour. Founded in the 16th century, modern-day Mendoza offers a feast of delights, including charming street cafes which beg to be explored. After lunch, it’s time to travel to your next destination, a luxury wine lodge that is considered to be one of the finest in Argentina. Spend a few hours relaxing before a memorable dinner at the restaurant, where only the best, seasonal ingredients are used. Beautiful views and fine wines await!

  4. Lujan de Cuyo Valley

    Matervini, Bodega Benegas and Susana Balbo Wines

    Matervini Winery
    Matervini Winery
    • Cavas Wine Lodge
    • Full Breakfast, Gourmet Lunch with wine, Dinner with wine
    • Luxury Vehicle with Private Driver

    After a gourmet breakfast at your hotel, we’ve prepared an itinerary that takes in 3 of the most renowned wineries in the region – Matervini, Bodega Benegas, and Susana Balbo Wines. Matervini is owned by Santiago Achaval – working with winemaker Roberto Cipresso, Achaval is celebrated for his singular expression of Malbec from a unique terroir in Mendoza. Enjoy a VIP tutored tasting before heading on to the next port of call, the legendary Bodega Benegas. The family has been in the wine business since the 19th century – in 1883 Don Tiburcio Benegas founded the Trapiche winery. Today their modern, elegant wines are a fitting poster-child for the new face of Mendoza, the highlight being Benegas Lynch. Trust us, this is a tasting you won’t want to miss.

    Finish in style at the legendary estate of ‘Susana Balbo Wines,’ a project started by the first female winemaker in Argentina. Susana Balbo’s skills as a winemaker are unrivaled, as you’ll discover during the tasting, but even better is the 5-star cuisine served at the signature restaurant. Classical dishes updated with pizazz for the 21st century are paired with an enviable selection of Susana Balbo wines. After lunch, your driver will return you to your hotel to freshen up and relax before dinner.

  5. Valle de Uco

    Corazon del Sol, Sophenia, and Andeluna

    Andeluna Winery
    Andeluna Winery
    • The Vines
    • Full Breakfast, Lunch with wine, Gourmet Dinner with wine
    • Luxury Vehicle with Private Driver

    This morning, you’ll have the chance to visit one of Mendoza’s most glamorous and fascinating sub-regions – the Uco Valley. The size of the vineyard has more than doubled since 2001, attracting both domestic and international interest. Your driver will collect you from the hotel and soon you’ll arrive at Corazon del Sol (the heart of the sun), a winery owned by Dr. Madaiah Revana, a heart-surgeon based in the US. High-altitude vineyards produce wines of impeccable balance and freshness – after a tutored tasting, your driver will take you to Bodega Finca Sophia, another important address. Founded by Roberto Luka, this spectacular winery is situated at the foot of the Andres, offering both a distinctive terroir and remarkable views.

    Lunch is at Andeluna, your final destination for the day. Enjoy a bespoke tasting, superlative cuisine and impeccable service so typical of the hospitality of this beguiling region. When you’re ready, allow us to transfer you to Los Sauces, where your luxury accommodation awaits. It is a stunning property, with service to match. Indeed, the hotel was named in Condé Nast’s 2014 Hot List of the 33 best new hotels in the world (among many other awards), and for good reason. check-in, relax and enjoy a mouth watering dinner. The views are magical, the wines no less memorable.

  6. Lujan de Cuyo Valley

    Domaine St Diego, lunch at Terrazas de los Andes and Melipal

    Bodega Terrazas de Los Andes
    Bodega Terrazas de Los Andes
    • The Vines
    • Full Breakfast, Gourmet Lunch with wine, Dinner with wine
    • Luxury Vehicle with Private Driver

    Buenos Dias! A leisurely breakfast awaits at your boutique hotel before your driver sets off for Domaine St Diego, which was founded by a super-star winemaker Ángel Mendoza. Only a very limited amount of wine is made, complex, age-worthy bottles that owe their charm to the magic of the Lunlunta terroir. Your tutored tasting will reveal all.

    Continuing that theme, we’ve organized another fantastic VIP tour and tasting at Melipal, a winery renowned for both its mountain scenery and memorable wines. Situated just twenty minutes from the city of Mendoza, the property is utterly idyllic; a mosaic of vines, willows, olive trees, and gardens. It’s almost enough to distract you from the informative tutored tasting!

    We hope you’re hungry, as lunch will be served at Bodega Terrazas de Los Andes, a historic winery that just so happens to boast the finest restaurant in Lujan de Cuyo. Owned by the Chandon group, your hosts will prepare a veritable feast served with the finest wines that money can buy.

    In the afternoon you’ll have time to relax at the hotel before another memorable dinner with matching wines.

  7. Salta - Lerma Valley

    Guided tour of historic Salta

    Luxurious Hotel Legado Mitico
    Luxurious Hotel Legado Mitico
    • Legado Mitico Salta
    • Full Breakfast, Lunch with wine
    • Luxury Vehicle with Private Driver

    After a sumptuous breakfast, get ready to pack your bags as we’re taking you to Salta. Your driver will arrive in plenty of time for you to catch a short flight to the Lerma Valley, located in the northwest part of Argentina. Another guide awaits, and you’ll have plenty of time to check-in at your luxurious hotel and relax over lunch before enjoying a private tour of the city. Salta was founded in the 16th century, by a Spanish conquistador Hernando de Lerma, who created a settlement in 1582.

    Today it is a vibrant town and the capital of the Salta wine region. A stunning variety of scenery and topography awaits, including temperate valleys, tropical forests, and the high-altitude Andean desert. Vineyards stretch over 3,200 ha (8,000 acres) and thrive at remarkable altitudes, a quintessential hallmark of Argentine viticulture. Torrontés, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Tannat, Bonarda, Barbera, and Tempranillo are the principle grape varieties you’ll be dealing with.

    However, we suggest taking the afternoon off from wine tasting – instead, we have prepared an extensive guided tour of the beautiful architecture of Salta, finishing with a trip to MAAM – the High Mountain Archaeological Museum. Marvel at the splendid exhibits, before returning to your hotel to relax and enjoy the high-class amenities – aperitif by the pool perhaps? Dinner is at your leisure, but we have a few suggestions in mind.

  8. Salta to Cafayate

    VIP tasting at Bodega Yacochuya

    Gourmet Dining at Piatelli winery
    Gourmet Dining at Piatelli winery
    • Patios de Cafayate
    • Full Breakfast, Vineyard Lunch with wine
    • Luxury Vehicle with Private Driver

    “Sometimes it’s the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination.” Aubrey Drake Graham’s aphorism certainly comes to mind today, as your 3-hour-journey to the celebrated Bodega Yacochuya is an unforgettable as the wines. Marvel at the scenery of La Quebrada de las Conchas ( canyon of the shells), before your tour begins at Yacochuya, a winery founded by Marcos Etchart. His collaboration with French oenologist Michel Rolland has paid great dividends, earning this boutique winery a formidable reputation both in Argentina and abroad. Their signature Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon blend is one of the finest in Argentina, as you’re about to discover!

    After your VIP experience, why not have lunch today in Piatelli? A winery owned by US serial-entrepreneur Jon Malinski, the winery is the realization of a long-standing dream of Malinksi to make world-class wines in Argentina. After a tour, tasting and lunch on the terrace overlooking the valley, we think you’ll agree that Piatelli is in a class of its own. A well-earned siesta in your hotel is then surely called for, or perhaps some time by the pool? Check-in, relax and unwind. Later, your driver will take you to El Esteco, a historic vineyard founded by two French brothers in 1892. Situated in the most idyllic of settings, El Esteco specializes in producing small volumes of organic wines, which is a growing movement across Argentina. The tour and VIP tasting are guaranteed to be memorable. When you’re ready, your driver will take you to the on-site hotel for a glass of bubbly. Dinner is at your leisure, although the hotel’s signature restaurant comes highly recommended.

  9. Cafayate

    Wine Tasting at Bodega el Porvenir

    Hotel Patios de Cafayate
    Hotel Patios de Cafayate
    • Patios de Cafayate
    • Full Breakfast, Picturesque Lunch with wine, Wine Bar Dinner
    • Luxury Vehicle with Private Driver

    Your final full day in Cafayate is packed full of gourmet cuisine, delicious wine (of course) and cultural enrichment. After breakfast, we’d like to invite you to take a leisurely stroll around the hotel’s vineyards, before we take you to a small family-owned vineyard, Bodega El Porvenir, for a very special tasting.

    The project was started by the Romero family, who bought the property in 2000 and built their house in the middle of an old vineyard called Finca El Retiro, which has significantly increased in size since due to years of expansion and growth. Today the wines continue to win global pundits – The Wine Advocate awarded the 2011 single-vineyard Malbec 92 points in its latest issue. And as your VIP tutored tasting will demonstrate, this is praise well-earned.

    After your tour, we suggest lunch at Estancias de Cafayate. As you’d expect, the views are as fantastic – even better is the culinary artistry on display.

    The afternoon is then free for you to relax by the pool, or perhaps horse-riding or cycling takes your fancy? Whatever you decide, remember to work up an appetite for your dinner at ‘Bad Brothers,’ Cafayate’s best restaurant. A vibrant, trendy wine bar and restaurant, Bad Brothers is regarded by the magazine Wine Enthusiast as one of the leading destinations in Argentina for great food, wine, and hospitality. It’s bound to be a memorable evening, with the Calchaqui Valley providing the views and the owners serving bottle after bottle of delectable wines.

  10. Cafayate - Colomé

    Colome's Wine 'First Growth

    Bodegas Colomé
    Bodegas Colomé
    • Estancia Colome
    • Full Breakfast, Lunch with wine Pairings
    • Luxury Vehicle with Private Driver

    It’s your final full day in Salta. To leave on a high note, we’ve arranged for you to spend the day at Colomé, the region’s unofficial ‘First Growth.” This is a truly spectacular property, not least because it boasts some of the highest vineyards in the world. Founded in 1831 in the northern province of Salta, it is the oldest continually producing winery in Argentina. Indeed, Colomé is thought to have been founded by the Spanish Governor of Salta, Nicolás Severo de Isasmendi y Echalar.

    Your VIP experience starts with a tour of the winery, followed by an informative tasting led by Colomé’s in-house sommelier. The region’s signature grape varieties, Malbec and Torrontés, flourish here in their sustainably farmed vineyards. As a treat, you’ll also be tasting Colomé’s most exclusive wines, including Altura Maxima.

    Lunch is served! Along with award-winning wines, Colomé’s boutique hotel and renowned restaurant offer the utmost in culinary excellence, as you’re about to discover. Your table is situated on the delightful terrace, affording only the best views as you marvel at the exquisite dishes and superlative wines. After lunch, you’ll also have the opportunity to visit the on-site museum, dedicated to James Turrell, the renowned light and space artist – a natural fit for the landscape. What a perfect end to your day.

  11. Colomé to Salta airport

    Transfer from Colomé to Salta airport/depart

    Adios y Buen Viaje
    Adios y Buen Viaje
    • None
    • Full Breakfast
    • Luxury Vehicle with Private Driver

    We’re sorry to say that your Argentine adventure is drawing to an end. Take the time to bid farewell to Colomé, before your chauffeur returns you to Salta airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires. The final leg of your journey is a spectacular one, however, encompassing the famous Cuesta del Obispo and Cardones National Park. We hope to see you again soon. Buen Viaje!

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Cellar Tours is a Luxury Travel Specialist, operating since 2003 and offering exclusive Mercedes chauffeured Gourmet Vacations in Chile, France, Italy, Ireland, Portugal, South Africa, and Spain. We specialize in luxurious custom designed vacations, events and incentives related to food and wine. We are proud members of Slow Food, UNAV (Travel Agency Association in Spain), and the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals).

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