IFSSH & IFSHT / Buenos Aires

MEAT & WINE

Cosmopolitan eateries are all about town, but going to a bodegón and a parrilla are “musts” to taste the world’s best steak . And don’t leave without going to an authentic Estancia to savor a typical Argentine barbecue in the land of picturesque gaucho.

According to the trade group Wines of Argentina, Argentine wines are in vogue worldwide. The star varietal is malbec, a red wine made from the malbec grape that is native to Bordeaux but actually thrives better in the high-altitude terrain of Mendoza than anywhere else in the world.

There are exciting emerging wines too. Torrontés, an aromatic varietal unique to Argentina, is tipped to be the world’s next high-demand white wine. The torrontés from the evolving Cafayate wine valley in northwest Argentina balances amazing floral aromas with zesty flavours of citrus and tropical fruits.

Bonarda (a fruity red) and pinot noir from the cooler climes of northern Patagonia are also whispered about as the 'next big thing' by wine industry experts. Argentine wines, it seems, are on everybody’s lips.