At some point, shortly after my arrival to Buenos Aires, my mind automatically shifted to wine. Why? Well, take for instance the fact that I lived in Asia for four months where trying to find a good glass of wine was harder than hanging out with herds of elephants. (Yes, I did, in fact, do this.) Then, I moved to Europe where wine was certainly available but touch and go on quality within the countries I lived, with the exception of Lisbon which offered plentiful and perfect rose. So, that brings us to Argentina where I’m over the moon excited about the wines and just loving my life here overall.
During the end of my first week in Buenos Aires, I had found many glasses of good wine and hit a record consumption of cheese plates. I felt well on my way to finding the best glass of wine the Palermo neighborhood, my mission for this article.
So….let’s see what I found.
Buenos Aires, Argentina C1414BWN
+54 11 4778-1050
Bar du Marche, with a French cafe feel, is known for their many (as in 50!) wines available by the cup, a bigger “por copa” selection than anything else I’ve seen in the neighborhood. The variety in selection lends itself to be a great thing for someone that is new to wine and looking to introduce their palate to new flavors. Bar du Marche strives to serve good, foreign wine at affordable prices.
The menu is large and maybe slightly overwhelming with all great food options but will offer something for everyone at any meal. Bar du Marche offers breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner. (Yep, all of it.) My biggest draw to visit was in one of the flagship experiences the restaurant offers: their “Tasting of Marche.”
Here’s the scoop – and what I’ve been most excited about since I love cheese. You pick three kinds of cheese from their sizable cheese list and Bar Du Marche pairs them with wines to complement their flavors for a savory nibbling experience. Note: this tasting is only available from 5pm-8pm.
- Cheddar: Urban Uco Tempranillo from Bodega O. Fournier – Mendoza
- Parmesan: Petit Bobo blend from Bodega Trapezio – Mendoza
- Gouda: Pampa Mia Rose from Bodega del Desierto – La Pampa
Buenos Aires, Argentina C1414BNJ
Discreet and dimly lit, this quiet wine bar offers the perfect ambiance for a first date. Not large in size but large in selection and variety, you can find both by the glass and three-taste themed flight options. Trova offers food, everything from snackie foods (think bruschetta and croquettes) to wonderful cheese plates that are great for sharing. You can even find the occasional Monday night wine tasting hosted at the venue, all of which are listed on their events calendar.
OFFERING I LOVED: Themed wine flights
WHAT I TRIED: Two wine flights to share: “Terroir Argentino” (a mix of Argentinan wines) & “Alta Gama” (high altitude wines) and a white cheese plate assortment
Angel J. Carranza 1670
Buenos Aires, Argentina
+54 9 11 3514-2014
Another small wine bar in the hip Palermo neighborhood that offers Friday happy hour vibes, the best in Buenos Aires. Hache is cute and cozy, a charming place designed for the gathering of friends.
The owner, Nicolas, is happy to make a wine recommendation based on your taste preferences. He was also quick to point out during my visit that Hache offers happy hour every day from 6pm-9pm – at $60 pesos per copa! With that price, you can’t go wrong, and the happy hour wine was very nice.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
+54 11 4832-6011
Upon walking into La Malbequeria, I felt refreshed by the bright, open air and garden surroundings. This modern cafe felt like an oversized three-season porch where you sip wine with friends on a sunny day. With such a zen atmosphere, La Malbequeria is the ultimate “catch up” spot.
La Malbequeria, one of the neighborhood’s newest wine bars (and what I anticipate will become a wine hotspot), has one of the biggest wine walls in Palermo, offering some of the most unique, small batch Argentinian wines. While they would be happy to serve you a bottle to share with a friend or to eat with your dinner at their attached restaurant (which looks amazing), they also pour tastes of various sizes.
Buenos Aires, Argentina C1414BKL
+54 11 4774 3958
While many wine bars are closing up shop by the later hours of the evening, Ser y Tiempo is amped up and open until 2 am every day, with the exception of Monday. You can expect a large selection of Malbec but a surprisingly large selection of wines from Salta, the northern region of Argentina.
OFFERING I LOVED: The generous and colorfully decorated cheese plate and mini empanadas
WHAT I TRIED: 59N 2015 Malbec (Mendoza) and Pazioca 2015 Malbec Reserve
Buenos Aires, Argentina C1425FLA
+54 11 4774-6433
If you’re looking for a tasting event with a knowledgeable sommelier, make sure to book a tasting at Miravida’s wine bar! They offer a daily 2-hour tasting and if you’re attending solo or as part of a small group, you’ll be able to taste in their subterranean wine cellar, which was a lovely touch to the evening.
During the tasting, you’ll be guided through a selection of sommelier hand-picked wines, offered a chance to try the wines with different items from a picada plate and have an interactive discussion to deepen your wine knowledge. Following your tasting, you’ll be brought upstairs to finish your wine and served one of the tastiest empanadas in the city. By the time the evening ends, you’ll have made a room full of new friends.
As their guests say, Miravida is a home away from home and the staff feels like old friends. Even if you’re not a guest at the seven-room hotel, you’re still welcome to schedule a tasting or swing in for a glass of wine in either their cozy cafe or beautiful garden space.
- Torrontes – Tukma – Salta
- Malbec (2014)- Salvaje – Mendoza
- Syrah (2012) – Desierto Pampa – Patagonia
- Malbec/Cabernet Sauvignon Blend (2015) – RD – Salta
So, after sipping my way around the city, I’ve finally found my favorite glass of wine in Palermo. Or should I say glasses?! I had a hard time choosing just one glass of wine, so I picked my favorite wine of each color. Without further ado, here are my favorites:
BEST WHITE WINE: Torrontes from Miravida Soho Hotel & Wine Bar
BEST ROSE WINE: Pampa Mia Rose from Bar du Marche
BEST RED WINE: 2015 Callejon de Crimen Petit Verdot from La Malbequeria
BEST TASTING EXPERIENCE: Miravida Soho Hotel & Wine Bar
Coming soon to a winery near you! I’ll be making my vineyard and tasting room rounds in Mendoza Friday, November 10th – Monday, November 13th! Don’t forget, I’ll be living in Cordoba for the duration of November. Have a collaboration idea? Just give a shout!
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