Argentina: Art of Wine Tasting with Christophe Tassan

Winemakers and celebrated chefs in Mendoza, exclusive wine pairings, open-air asado steak dinners, VIP tango hall visits, artist meet-ups, and food tours of Buenos Aires – all with The Battery's Maître Sommelier Christophe Tassan. Join us to savor the best of Argentina.

7 Days / 6 Nights

Limited to 20 travelers

April 14 - 20, 2019

One departure only – and this will sell out!

Argentina

Mendoza, Uco Valley, Buenos Aires

$6,800

Per person
Based on double occupancy

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7 Days in Argentina’s Wine Country & Buenos Aires

A freshly butchered steak sizzles as it’s slowly roasting over a flame in the Andean open air. You tuck an alpaca blanket over your lap in the crisp night and raise a glass of Malbec to your lips. Next to you is one of the world’s most decorated sommeliers, our maître sommelier, Christophe Tassan, who is in deep conversation with his glass. Wine is personal, he’s saying. It is alive, and it must be talked to. No Malbec you’ve tried compares with this experience in its birthplace. You look up and breathe in the view of the snowy Andean range before you. Tomorrow you’re climbing it, like a gaucho, on horseback…

Join us on this epic journey of Argentina’s wine country and lively capital, Buenos Aires. We’ll explore the fruits of this mountainous wine country, settled by French vintners 150 years ago for its fertile limey soils fed by pure Andean waters. We’ll take it all in, from Mendoza to Uco Valley, by meeting the people behind Argentina’s top wineries and savoring intimate exclusive meals prepared by some of the region’s top chefs. Then we’ll take on the best of Buenos Aires, with guided walks of historic barrios, VIP visits of ornate theaters, intimate tango shows at local haunts, and a visit to the studio of iconic muralist Marino Santa María.

Bring your taste for world-class wine, good food and vibrant culture. You’ll never experience Malbec the same way again. Join us!

Exclusive to Members of The Battery & Their Guests

Battery Travel isn’t just about going places – it’s about changing how you see the world.

After-hours winery meals. Special menus and wine pairings at private dinners prepared by local winemakers, including Susana Balbo, and chefs, including Nadia Haron.

VIP access. We’ll get behind-the-scenes tours of Buenos Aires’ tango halls and family estate wineries in Mendoza and Uco Valley.

Artist meet-ups. We’ll meet a pioneering Buenos Aires muralist who’s helping to revive a working-class neighborhood with his iconic public art.

A Uniquely Battery Experience

“A wine is an alive beverage. You must give it some breath and be ready for the conversation before enjoying.” – Christophe Tassan

“Tango is a truth drug. It lays bare your problems and your complexes… It shows how a couple can be for each other, how they can listen to each other. People who only want to listen to themselves will hate tango.” – Novelist Nina George

We believe the world has a lot to offer beyond our building’s walls. Battery Travel is a collection of expertly curated experiences to the world’s most extraordinary destinations. Each experience is designed to change how you see the world and to create lasting connections within our community and beyond.

Your Hosts in Argentina

Christophe Tassan

maître sommelier

The Battery’s maître sommelier, a native of Avignon, has been awarded France’s highest sommelier distinction (Meilleur Ouvrier de France, or MOF).

Nadia Haron

chef

A celebrated Mendoza chef, Nadia is a creative restaurateur and entrepreneurial force of Argentina’s wine country.

Carolyn Gallagher

Local Guide

Our local expert guide, a California expat relocated to Mendoza, is an avid enthusiast of Argentina’s wine and outdoor adventures.

Day by Day

On this weeklong journey of Argentina’s wine country and vibrant capital, we’ll savor local Malbecs and open-air steak dinners, climb Andean peaks by horseback, witness close-up tango performances, and meet up with Buenos Aires’ most progressive artists.

Day 1 | April 14

Bienvenidos to the heart of Argentina’s wine country! If you’ve ever enjoyed a glass of Malbec, you’ll love its homeland. This sunny arid area, with rolling farms of vineyards in the foothills of the Andes, is the perfect location to make succulent wines bursting with grape and tannins.

We begin our exploration of Argentine wine in the perfect spot: a luxury, 16-room boutique hotel where snow-capped peaks look over lush vineyards and a pool. But first, some wine. We’ll go for a lunch of tapas and Malbecs at Lagarde, one of Mendoza’s oldest wineries. Afterwards, we relax at the hotel’s hamam, South America’s only Turkish-style bath house.

Day 2 | April 15

We’ve teased the palate. Today we’ll take a deep dive into Mendoza’s two great traditions: meat and grape. We’ll start with a look into Mendoza, the nearly 500-year-old bohemian town with an Art Deco center. And we’ll visit a travato, where an expert third-generation butcher demonstrates the art of preparing Argentina’s famous steaks.

Appetite raised, we’ll lunch with the Millan family at belle epoque-style winery Bodega Toneles, tasting their select vintages, seeing their epic gaucho poncho collection, and talking all things cattle. The wine keeps flowing at our next stop, visiting Susana Balbo, who Travel + Leisure dubbed “Argentina’s First Woman of Wine.” We sit down for an exclusive, after-hours dinner at her award-winning winery. Each of the six courses – including the house speciality, long ribs – comes paired with Susana’s bright and fruity torrontés and complex Malbecs.

Day 3 | April 16

Today we’ll vine-hop deeper into wine country towards our next home, the Uco Valley. We’ll first stop at Bodega Cruzat for a refreshing toast of its sparkling wines, then follow with a unique single-vineyard Malbec made by Bodega Matervini, a solar-powered winery with modern tasting decks where we’ll have a light tapas lunch overlooking vines, olive trees and rippling foothills of the Andes.

Our Uco Valley home is the eco-friendly and elegant Casa de Uco, a boutique hotel with a spa, pool, and on-site winery encircled by Andean ranges. You won’t forget our welcome dinner, at Siete Fuegos (or “Seven Fires”), hosted by legendary chef/author Francis Mallmann. We’ll enjoy a gaucho-worthy feast of rustic, fiery, slow-grilled rib eye roasted on seven types of open flames. Sharing food among friends is Argentina’s “biggest quality,” Mallman preaches. We’ll discover this while we gather by the fire, staying warm under woolen Alpaca blankets, and drink cocktails in the crisp Andean air.

Day 4 | April 17

We tap into our inner gaucho today with a full-on Andean adventure! After breakfast, we’ll climb into a 4WD Unimog and ascend 6,000-foot peaks. From there, we’ll continue climbing by horse or foot along snow-blanketed trails. Up top, we’ll warm up with traditional mate, before returning. The lunch awaiting us will be crafted by Mendoza chef Pablo Torres and Casa De Uco sommelier Federico Ramos. Seasonal ingredients are freshly harvested before being cooked with traditional methods to create a menu inspired by the valley’s natural bounty.

In the evening we are the honored guests at Bodega Monteviejo where we meet musician/winemaker Marcello Pelleriti, the first Latin American to score a perfect 100 from Robert Parker’s prestigious Wine Advocate. The celebrated local chef Nadia Haron meets us, too, for this special paired menu featuring asado-style meats cooked over an open fire.

Day 5 | April 18

On to Buenos Aires! After bidding farewell to the Mendoza countryside, we’ll fly to Argentina’s vibrant, mesmerizing capital. On arrival, we’ll toast our next base with a delicious lunch of pasta, lamb, beef and sweetbreads at an award-winning restaurant on the iconic La Plata River, then check into our hotel.

We’ll start our Buenos Aires exploration by walking around our new home, barrio Recoleta. Mansions line stately boulevards linked by blooming jacarandas and locals sipping frothy cortados at sidewalk cafes. Our guide will point out the architectural highlights here – in Eva Perón’s old haunting grounds – and stop for a buttery, flaky medialuna croissant. We’ll finish at the 1908 Colon Theater, South America’s finest, with a VIP look at the ornate building’s frescos, backstage area and studios. After a busy day, we’ll have the evening to explore on our own, with a list of dining and nightlife recommendations to guide us.

Day 6 | April 19

Buenos Aires’ barrios are essentially separate villages – today we’ll embark on tasting tours of two historic neighborhoods bursting in local color and lore. First we’ll visit San Telmo, the city’s oldest barrio, whose cobbled alleyways make up the heart of tango. We’ll watch locals dance, play soccer, and hang out at leafy plazas, then drop by the vast local market, filled with produce and antiques. Then, in unforgettable La Boca, we’ll savor a warm chori-pan (grilled chorizo with chimichurri) and sip on a local beer, as we listen to street musicians on Caminito street, lined with its iconic bold and brightly painted buildings.

After an afternoon siesta, we’ll have a big night. We’ll meet up at our hotel’s rooftop bar for a final sparkling view of the city, then go to the intimate El Baqueano, one of Latin America’s top 20 restaurants, where we’ll sample the best of Argentine fusion cuisine (including native meats from llama to alligator). We’ll top the night with an intimate tango show at the local haunt Bar Sur. We’ll be hanging out with porteños. They stay up late, so we will too!

Day 7 | April 20

It’s our last day, but our experience isn’t over. After a late breakfast, we’ll visit Barracas, a once-isolated port area of warehouses and barracks that’s become the city’s vibrant barrios, thanks to an artist-led revival the past two decades. The heart of it is along Pasaje Lanín, where local artist Marino Santa María layered modest houses in sparkling mosaics. We’ll meet Marino to learn the secrets behind his creativity at his mosaic workshop.

We’ll celebrate our day, and our journey, with a last cortado or glass of Malbec, before offering fond farewells.

Where We Sleep

The best of Argentina hospitality comes with sleek, art-filled vineyard boutique hotels surrounded by Andean peaks and palatial old world buildings in Buenos Aires’ noblest barrios.

Entre Cielos

You’ll love setting up in the vineyards at this dreamy 16-room luxury hotel just outside Mendoza. From your room's art-filled, luxurious interiors, gaze out the wide windows or walk onto your private deck facing the manicured gardens and Andean ranges. Reward your mind and body with a Turkish-style bath, a mile-long loop through the vineyards and olive trees, or a refreshing dip in the pool.

Casa de Uco

Our Uco Valley boutique hotel makes a sleek statement – a modernist, 16-room boutique hotel, with floor-to-ceiling windows taking in 790 acres of vineyards stretching towards ever-present snow-capped Andean peaks. Committed to sustainability, the hotel treats its own water, has solar-powered water collectors, serves produce of its own organic farm, and lends bikes to explore the vineyards. Sip its tasty Malbec poolside or in sitting areas among the vines.

Alvear Palace

Built in 1932 as a luxury destination for European travelers, Alvear Palace is a Buenos Aires old-world institution. And truly a palace. Inside you’ll find the epitome of belle epoque high style, decorated in grand Louis XV and XVI styles, with marble floors, crystal chandeliers, gilded paneled walls, captivating art and personalized butlers to create a luxury experience nestled in the heart of Buenos Aires’ stately Recoleta barrio.

So many questions, right?

That’s OK, we have answers. Read our FAQs below or call +1 (415) 942 - 0785 to ask us any questions you have about traveling in Argentina with The Battery. We're here 8am-5pm weekdays, 9am-1pm Saturday Pacific.

01

What does the price include?

Six nights at unique 5-star accommodations; one internal flight on Day 5 from Mendoza to Buenos Aires; private travel for all day trips and excursions; exclusive VIP access, tastings, guided activities, and expeditions; private tours with locals guides and cultural experts; entrance fees; daily breakfasts, lunches and most dinners; local beverages with meals; gratuities for local staff; departure airport transfers.

02

What is not included?

International airfare to/from Argentina and the trip starting point in Mendoza; activities not included in the trip itinerary; hotel incidentals including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs; food and beverage not included in the itinerary; gratuity for tour leader.

03

How many people on the trip?

We have planned this trip for up to 20 adventurists. This departure is exclusive to members of The Battery, and their family and friends. You can expect to be joined by a diverse range of people in terms of age, background and configuration – including solo travelers, couples, and friends traveling together. Our experiences are about being fun and inclusive.

04

What is the cancellation policy?

You may cancel up to 96 days prior to the scheduled departure date and receive a full refund, minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel between 95 and 61 days in advance, there is a 50% cancellation fee. Within 60 days or less of departure there is a 100% cancellation fee. (See our Terms and Conditions for full details.)

05

Do I pay a supplement for a single room?

Yes, there is a $1,400 supplement for solo travelers. Please note that there are a limited number of single accommodations available on this trip, regardless of a customer\'s willingness to pay the supplement. If you prefer a single room, we recommend booking as soon as possible to secure it.

06

Do I need a travel visa?

U.S. citizens do not require a visa to visit Argentina. Just bring a valid U.S. passport. For citizens of other countries, please check with your local Argentina Embassy or Consulate for information and requirements.

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