We all know Malbec is Argentina’s trademark grape. Wine drinkers the world over have grown increasingly loyal to the varietal that originated in France but really hit its stride once grown on Argentine soil. Since most of us clearly can’t get enough of this velvety vino, the Wines of Argentina organization decided to establish a whole day (luckily it lasts a week in Argentina) dedicated to honoring – and of course, drinking – the much-loved uva.

 

World Malbec Day is celebrated on Tuesday, April 17. But don’t fret, if you happen to miss out on this day, Malbec-themed events will be hosted throughout the entire week. Expect tastings (it is wine after all), wine fairs, happy hours, and other exciting activities to take place all across Buenos Aires.

Wine by the glass event ‘Come Wine With Us’ will be setting up in the hidden La Calle bar  in Palermo (Niceto Vega 4942) to help us toast to our beloved wine. Ten different wines served alongside La Guitarrita’s tasty empanadas and pizzas will be available for tasting. Run by top-notch sommeliers Sorrel Moseley-Williams and Eugenia Villar, the relaxed pop-up event is the perfect excuse to drink something new and have a chat with other wine lovers. Taking place this time on Tuesday the 17th, Come Wine With Us events are hosted throughout the year; see their website for details.

 

(Photo via Come Wine With Us, credit to Damián Leviciche).
(Photo via Come Wine With Us, credit to Damián Leviciche).

 

For the hardcore Malbec drinker, Puerto Madero restaurant La Cabaña will be hosting an extensive tasting fair, with over 50 different Malbecs available for your sampling. With the extensive tasting process complete, guests will be invited to vote for their favorite wine of the night, and be automatically entered into the prize draw for dinner for four at La Cabaña.

Delicious bites like Tandil-produced salamis, mini empanadas, and meat from the parrilla will be provided by La Cabaña’s chef Diego Moyano. When you’re a little more than tipsy (who wouldn’t be), Nespresso will be on hand to offer a selection of their coffees combined with sweet treats for dessert. The fair will take place Tuesday, April 17 at 7PM. Tickets can be bought through Eventbrite.

(Photo via La Cabaña).
(Photo via La Cabaña).

 

Keen for some after-office enjoyment? Be sure to visit the aptly named La Malbequería (Gurruchaga 1418). Their happy hour runs from 5-8 PM with 2 x 1 on ten different Malbecs. The series begins on Monday, April 16 and will run throughout the week; on Tuesday the 17th a wine fair will take place. Did you know that Malbec isn’t just produced in Mendoza? The fair will also showcase wines from the provinces of Chubut, Neuquén, Río Negro, Tucumán, and many more. Beginning at 7 PM, entrance to the fair is AR $400.

Fancy a copa here? (Photo via La Malbequería bar).
Fancy a copa here? (Photo via La Malbequería bar).

 

Also at La Malbequería you’ll have an opportunity to experience a highbrow encounter between Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ and Malbec. Dramatized by actor Lautaro Vilo, the wines have been chosen by director of Bodega Catena Zapata, Laura Catena, with the idea of paying homage to Mendoza’s best winemakers. Intrigued? Ticket prices are AR $500 and include canapés.

If you want to delve in the world of organic wine, the Hotel Panamericano will be hosting a unique tasting with a view. Located on the hotel’s iconic 23rd floor, visitors can freely sample the wines on show while noshing on tapa or two, poolside. Tickets vary in price and must be bought through Eventbrite.

Not eager to smash the piggy bank just yet? We feel you. Look out for some of the free tastings taking place at the city’s finest wine bars. On April 17, Trova (Honduras 5903) will be showcasing three Malbecs from Finca la Celia. Celler (Soler 5570) have scheduled a tasting of bodega Colomé’s excellent northern wines as well. Check the official Malbec Week website for the full schedule.

(Photo via Buenos Aires Restorando).
(Photo via Buenos Aires Restorando).

 

If you’ve ever wondered how to actually make the stuff, you can now get in on the action. Pulpería Quilapán (Defensa 1344) offers you the chance to try your hand at winemaking using the classic technique of your own two feet. Using only the available man power, the San Telmo restaurant aims to make at least 200 liters. Taking place this coming Sunday, April 15, the event is completely free; you can also bring any little ones to join in (child labor laws clearly don’t apply here). Note for wine nerds, the grape used will not be Malbec but instead the Criolla grape. See their Facebook page for full information.

(Photo via Youtube).
(Photo via Youtube).

 

This year, World Malbec Day will be celebrated in 55 cities across the globe. Where better to party on than in its new mecca, Buenos Aires?

Happy Malbec drinking everyone!