Argentina with Ben Eisendrath of Grillworks

November 12 - 19, 2024 | One Exclusive Departure

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The ultimate exploration of food, wine and culture with Ben Eisendrath of Grillworks

Nov 12 - Nov 19, 2024

One exclusive departure to sip and savor Argentina's wine country and capital city

8 Days, 7 Nights

The best of Mendoza and Uco Valley wine country, and mesmerizing Buenos Aires

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Per person based on double occupancy, including internal flight from Buenos Aires to Mendoza

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Through your glass of smoky malbec, the snow-capped Andes glint on the horizon. Just twenty-four hours ago, you were captivated by the passionate rhythms of tango, the haunting melodies of the bandoneon echoing in the heart of Buenos Aires. Tomorrow, a horseback adventure will take you high into the mountains, offering a gaucho’s view of it all from above. But in this moment, you’re spellbound by the gentle crackle and sizzle of the open flame grill behind you. It’s a chance to reflect, an opportunity to savor all that has unfolded and to anticipate the journeys yet to come.

Joining you is none other than wood-fired purist and professional pyro, Ben Eisendrath. He is the mastermind behind Grillworks, a brand that’s received accolades of the highest order, with The New York Times dubbing it “the gold standard of wood-burning grills.” The inspiration behind these live-fire grills? Argentine asado, a culinary tradition that has deep roots in Eisendrath’s personal and familial history. To travel with him is more than a food-filled adventure, it’s a technical journey into the religious heart of Argentinian culinary tradition and technique.

If you have a taste for world-class wine, good food and vibrant culture, join us as we explore, dine and drink in the rich history and landscapes, from Mendoza to Uco Valley to the mesmerizing neighborhoods of Buenos Aires.

3 Reasons to Travel with Ben Eisendrath

Ben's father Charles moved the family to Argentina while reporting for TIME Magazine. After returning to the states, smitten by Argentine asado culture, his father started Grillworks as a passion project to share with family and friends. The grill he created to do this swiftly became an insider’s phenomenon; if you could hunt down Charles-the-grill-making journalist, maybe he’d build you one. Years later, Ben would pick up that torch and create a bonfire, turning Grillworks into the gold standard of wood-burning grills—truly a legacy with flame in its belly.

A Cult Following

After designing his first grill, Charles contacted a handful of famous food journalists, among them James Beard. In the end, Beard requested a grill for his home, and thus began the cult following of Grillworks.

A Family Affair

When Ben was a child, he earned his allowance by stamping serial numbers into his father’s grills over their summer vacations. The business was such an integral part of his family life and childhood memory that Ben eventually left his corporate career to keep it alive.

An Impressive Rolodex

Ben’s creations live in the kitchens and homes of top chefs and Hollywood names alike. New owners join an impressive list of chefs like José Andrés and Tom Colicchio and celebrities like Matthew McConaughey.

Your Experience

“In Argentina, grilling is practically like going to church on Sunday."
Ben Eisendrath

Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Uco Valley

“We built the first grill out of necessity… We had already fallen for Argentine culture, sort of head over heels.”
Ben Eisendrath

Day by Day

Day 1: Buenos Aires

Bienvenidos a Argentina! Our trip begins in the evening when we’ll convene at our hotel for a sumptuous introduction to Buenos Aires. After getting to know Ben and munching on a few local specialties, we’ll venture out into the city for an immersive dinner.

Alongside Ben and a local chef, we’ll be roll up our sleeves, learn the art of the empanada and sit down for a lively family-style dinner while toasting the adventure ahead.

Day 1: Buenos Aires Highlights

  • Welcome dinner
  • Stay at Alvear Palace

Day 2: Buenos Aires

The barrios of Buenos Aires are essentially separate villages. Today we’ll embark on a tour of a few historic neighborhoods bursting in local color and lore. First it’s off to the iconic Plaza de Mayo where we’ll stand in awe outside the Catedral de Buenos Aires and Casa de Gobierno.

Then off to unforgettable La Boca, lined with its iconic bold and brightly painted buildings, where we’ll listen to street musicians on Caminito street. Next is a visit to San Telmo, the city’s oldest barrio, whose cobbled alleyways make up the heart of tango. We’ll sit down for lunch at one of Ben’s favorites, Parilla La Brigada, before exploring Plaza Dorrego’s leather-filled boutiques.

On the way back to the hotel, we’ll head to the 1908 Colón Theater, South America’s finest, with an insider’s look at the ornate building’s frescos, backstage area and studios. After an optional sunset cocktail and photo-op in Puerto Madero, we’ll have dinner on our own and meet back up to top off the night with a festive tango event.

Day 2: Buenos Aires Highlights

  • San Telmo & La Boca
  • Colon theater tour
  • Tango experience
  • Stay at Alvear Palace

Day 3: Buenos Aires

We’ll continue our exploration of Buenos Aires in the barrio Recoleta. This is Eva Perón’s old stomping grounds, where mansions line stately boulevards linked by blooming jacarandas and locals sip frothy cortados at sidewalk cafes.

After an immersive tour including its iconic cemetery, we’ll be whisked off to La Malbequeria, a renowned wine bar, for a beautifully paired lunch.

If art is up your alley, you’ll want to join our optional visit to the Buenos Aires’ largest museum, MALBA, where you can see original works by icons like Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Joaquín Torres-García.

After an afternoon siesta, we’re off to our intimate Buenos Aires farewell dinner for a multi-course celebration of Argentine cuisine paired with some of the finest local wines.

Day 3: Buenos Aires Highlights

  • Barrio Recoleta
  • Lunch at La Malbequeria
  • Optional MALBA visit
  • Stay at Alvear Palace

Day 4: Mendoza

This morning we take a short flight to the heart of Argentina’s wine country! If you’ve ever enjoyed a glass of Malbec, you’ll love its homeland. We’ll start with a look into Mendoza, the nearly 500-year-old bohemian town with an Art Deco center, and after a city tour, we’ll begin with the two things that make Mendoza famous: food and wine.

Lunch is at the fiercely local winery, Lagarde. The dishes here embody their “landscape cuisine” and honor the strong Incan heritage in the region. The wines, harvested since 1897, are full-bodied, smoky odes to gaucho culture and the rugged terroir.

After some downtime at our stunning boutique hotel, we’ll gather again for dinner at the foot of the snow-capped mountains at family-owned Bodega Vinorum. Here, we’ll toast our arrival to Mendoza and marvel at the storybook views in every direction.

Day 4: Mendoza Highlights

  • Flight to Mendoza
  • City tour
  • Dinner at Bodega Vinorum
  • Stay at Entre Cielos

Day 5: Mendoza

After breakfast, our wine immersion begins anew. Our first stop is the renowned Bodega Cruzat for a refreshing toast of its sparkling wines—each bottle derives from hand-picked varietals sourced from the Uco Valley. Every transcendent wine tasting deserves another, so we’ll shuffle over to another heralded estate for a flight of some younger wines and a conversation with the cellarmaster.

Next, we’ll make our way to Finca El Paraíso for a picturesque (the Andes Mountains are literally hovering behind the estate) three-course lunch with wine pairings, of course. Don’t be surprised if you see Ben with his sleeves rolled-up and collaborating with chef Pablo del Río as we indulge in the charred delicacies of an authentic asado.

In the late afternoon, we’ll return to the hotel for a moment of siesta before a special dinner at Casa Bermellon.

Day 5: Mendoza Highlights

  • Sparkling wine tasting
  • Lunch at Finca El Paraíso
  • Dinner at Casa Bermellon
  • Stay at Entre Cielos

Day 6: Uco Valley

Today we tap into our inner gaucho with a full-on Andean adventure! You’ll have two choices: you can choose to climb up the mountain on horseback or head down to the water and try your hand at fly fishing with Ben. We’ll reconvene for lunch at a local hacienda—far from a simple boxed lunch, this will be a banquet of freshly harvested seasonal ingredients cooked with traditional gaucho methods.

Our bellies full, we’ll check into our beautiful Uco Valley home—the Vines Resort and take some time to decompress and relax.

Dinner tonight is yours to embellish.

Day 6: Uco Valley Highlights

  • Gaucho and fishing experience
  • Hacienda lunch
  • Dinner on your own
  • Stay at The Vines Resort

Day 7: Mendoza

We’ll start the day in exquisite repose—seriously, you’ll have time to relax and stroll the grounds of our breathtaking hotel or even breakfast in bed.

Lunch is a special treat; Enjoy panoramic vineyard views while the sun dips behind the Andes at Monteviejo—the French-Argentinian fusion restaurant nestled in the heart of the Uco Valley. From there, we’re headed to Diamandes Winery for one final wine tasting.

And you won’t forget tonight’s dinner at Francis Mallmann’s Siete Fuegos (“Seven Fires”), one of Argentina’s most notable restaurants. We’ll watch in awe as a team of chefs prepare a gaucho-worthy feast of slow-grilled rib eye roasted on seven types of open flame. Wrapped in alpaca blankets, we’ll toast with Ben to this perfect end to our week together.

Day 7: Mendoza Highlights

  • Lunch at Monteviejo
  • Tour and tasting at Diamandes
  • Dinner at Siete Fuegos
  • Stay at The Vines Resort

Day 8: Mendoza

Alas, it’s time for our journey to end. We’ll celebrate our adventure over breakfast, with a last cortado or glass of Malbec, before offering fond farewells.

Day 8: Mendoza Highlights

  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to Mendoza's MDZ airport

Where We Sleep

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

Alvear Palace

Buenos Aires

It's a Buenos Aires old-world institution, built in 1932 as a luxury destination for European travelers. And truly, it is a palace. Inside it's the epitome of Belle Époque decorated in grand Louis XV and XVI styles, with marble floors, crystal chandeliers, gilded paneled walls, captivating art that create a sublime base camp in the heart of Buenos Aires.

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.

The Vines Resort

Uco Valley

Our Uco Valley hotel is a style unto its own, an extraordinary setting of living and being. Immerse yourself in the delights of Argentine culture, rustic natural beauty and warm-hearted hospitality. Its incredible views stretch across vineyards towards ever-present snow-capped Andean peaks. Revel in the pleasures of making, drinking and sharing wine and food. The Vines features famed chef Francis Mallmann’s cuisine at his onsite restaurant, Siete Fuegos, where traditional cooking meets upscale delicacy.

Amazing food—not to mention the wine! It was wonderful.
Ivonne L.
I loved the efficiency, service, quality and personal touch... an amazing time!
Cristina L.
I'd never been on a tour or trip like this—Modern Adventure is AMAZING.
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Reserve your spot today with a $1,500 per-person deposit plus room supplements (if relevant). Full payment is due 180 days prior to your trip departure date. We’ll email you a reminder. If your trip departs in less than 180 days, we’ll collect full payment either 30 days from when we receive your deposit, or 60 days prior to your trip departure date, whichever is sooner. For details read our Deposit FAQs


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  1. What does the price include?

    Seven nights at unique five-star accommodations; internal flight from Buenos Aires to Mendoza; private travel for all day trips and excursions; private tours with local guides and cultural experts; exclusive VIP access and tastings; guided activities, adventures and expeditions; entrance fees; daily breakfasts, most lunches and dinners; local beverages with meals.

  2. What does the price not include?

    International roundtrip airfare; travel insurance; transportation to the trip’s starting point; activities not included in the trip itinerary; hotel incidentals including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs; food and beverage not included in itinerary; gratuity for tour leader.

  3. Where does the trip start and end?

    Our adventure begins in Buenos Aires; the closest airport is Buenos Aires’ Ezeiza International Airport (EZE). Our trip ends in Mendoza, Argentina. On our last day together, we will take a group transfer to Mendoza’s Governor Francisco Gabrielli International Airport (MDZ). Your flight home should be scheduled to depart at 12pm or later from here if you’d like to participate in this transfer.

  4. What travel documents are needed?

    US citizens are not required to have a visa to enter Argentina for stays up to 90 days. The only requirement is a valid US passport. We recommend that your passport is valid for 6 calendar months beyond your planned departure date from Argentina.

    Not a US citizen? Please check with the Argentine Embassy or Consulate for information and requirements.

  5. Do I need to pay a solo traveler supplement?

    For solo travelers, there is a $3,500 single-supplement fee—paid at the time of booking to secure a private room. These spots are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  6. Who is going on this trip?

    Our adventures typically have between 10 and 20 guests, and our Modern Adventure Team. Our experiences are fun and inclusive and you can expect to be joined by a diverse group in terms of age, background and interests—including solo travelers, couples and friends traveling together. This adventure is for travelers age 18 and above.

  7. Who is leading the trip?

    This trip is led by an expert Modern Adventure Trip Leader. They’re an experienced travel guide, a representative of Modern Adventure and your go-to person for questions or concerns on the trip.

  8. What is the cancelation policy?

    You may cancel on or before July 15, 2024 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after July 16, 2024 there is a 50% cancellation fee. If you cancel on or after September 13, 2024 there is a 100% cancellation fee. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance as we are not able to make exceptions to this policy in cases of family/medical emergency or of the trip being canceled for unforeseeable reasons (see our Terms and Conditions for full details). Please note that for guests who are transferring trips or traveling on rescheduled trip dates, your cancelation terms will vary from the above, and are generally non-refundable. Please refer to your correspondence from our Customer Experience team for specific details.

  9. Do I need Travel Insurance?

    We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance. Travel insurance allows you to seek reimbursement for your trip costs; if your trip plans change for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to get medical help, emergency transport, and for theft, loss or damage of items while traveling. For best coverage, always insure the full trip cost within two weeks of your initial trip deposit and note that most ‘Cancel For Any Reason’ policies must be purchased on the date of your initial deposit.

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