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5 Ways to Celebrate Malbec World Day 2019 in Buenos Aires

Partake in the festivities honoring Argentina's favorite grape.

By | [email protected] | April 15, 2019 9:00am

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Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines (and your livers). Malbec World Day 2019 is upon us – Wednesday, April 17th to be exact – and it’s time to plan accordingly. Created by Wines of Argentina, it’s a time to honor and celebrate the elegance and magic of the country’s trademark varietal.

But first, a bit of background. Why April 17th? Because it commemorates the day when the country’s then-president Domingo Faustino Sarmiento asked French soil expert Michel Aimé Pouget to bring new vines over to Argentina. Among his selection was Malbec, and the rest you can say, was history. The grape took to the terroir and flourished across nearly every region and eventually became known as Argentina’s standout wine, transcending its European origins.

And why should we celebrate Malbec World Day? If you actually asked yourself that question, please take a minute and reconsider your life choices up to this point. Why *shouldn’t* we be celebrating Malbec World Day? It’s basically government-sanctioned permission to drink as much Malbec as you can (OK, it’s really not, please stay hydrated and drink responsibly, no one wants to deal with your drunk ass), and a perfect way to celebrate Argentina’s wide array of wineries that produce it.

Since you’re a good citizen and would like to know how you can form part of this extremely important holiday, read on for our roundup of five perfect events to celebrate this year.

Come Wine With Us: Special Edition


Everyone’s favorite pop-up wine bar is planning an all-Malbec, all the time special extravaganza at Tirso Club in Palermo. This is one of your best chances to sip on nearly every Malbec under the sun, so why not take the plunge and check out some new bodegas that you haven’t had the opportunity to try yet? For the special Malbec World Day edition, more than ten wineries are participating in the fun: Viña las Perdices, Bodega Andeluna, Familia Schroeder, Matias Riccitelli Wines, Tinto Negro, Bodega Lagarde, and more. Hosted by star somms Sorrel Moseley-Williams and Eugenia Villar, Come Wine With Us is the perfect place to meet up with friends and catch up over a goblet – or five – of wine. The events always fill up, so be sure to RSVP and save your spot.

Tirso Club | José A. Cabrera 5370 | 7 PM | RSVP | Instagram 

Special Dinner Menu at Palacio Duhau

Duhau Restaurant at the Park Hyatt

Anytime you have a chance to go to the Palacio Duhau, you should take it. Trust me. This Malbec World Day, surround yourself with opulence and old-world glam, right in the heart of Recoleta. The Duhau is planning to tie one on with Bodega Monteviejo, a four-course menu created by Chef Julián Galende and enólogo Marcelo Pelleriti, and live music courtesy of Fernando Ruiz Díaz (perhaps you know him from the group Catupecu Machu). If you’ve been looking for an excuse to glide across the luxe hotel’s marble floors, this is it.

Palacio Duhau | Av. Alvear 1661 | Tel: 5171-1430 | [email protected]

Regional Tasting at Facón

Facón was created by Martín Bustamante – Photo via El Planeta Urbano

If you haven’t been to Facón – the gaucho-chic boutique in the heart of Palermo Viejo that showcases work made by artisans from all over Argentina – you’re seriously missing out. Crossing the threshold, you’re plunged into aesthetic overdrive, ogling hand-crafted knives and delicately woven textiles (and so much more, of course). For Malbec World Day, Facón will take you on a tour around four of Argentina’s provinces that produce the grape: Salta, San Juan, Mendoza, and Río Negro. As you sip on the wines and nibble on charcuterie, you’ll travel the country one glass at a time; at the end of the tasting you’ll be able to purchase the wines at a discount, too.

Facón | Nicaragua 4880 | 7:30 PM | AR $550, with 10% off on selected wines for purchase | Facebook

ALMAlbec Festival

Photo by Kym Ellis on Unsplash

Hopefully you checked out our writeup of ALMAlbec published last week, but if you didn’t, we forgive you (kind of?). Inspired by Malbec World Day, restaurants around Buenos Aires put together special menus that either feature or pair with Malbec in their own special way. If you’re on a bit of a budget, fret not. There are options that will please every price point and culinary style, truly. Plan a special date night or just hit the town with your friends, why don’t you? If for some reason you can’t get your act together and book for Wednesday night, the festival continues through April 21st. We’ve got our eyes on Palermo’s Freud & Fahler and Recoleta’s Rufino, but check out the website for the complete list of participating restaurants.

Festival ALMAlbec | April 11 – 21 | Across Buenos Aires | Web | Facebook | Instagram

Malbec & Milonga in San Telmo

What’s more Argentine than dancing the tango in San Telmo in between copas de Malbec? Well I guess there would have to be a dose of Messi or Maradona somewhere, but whatever. If you’re looking to go a little outside the box, why not head down to the Mercado de San Telmo on Wednesday night? Attendees will be guided by trained sommeliers in what promises to be a sensorial experience; hosts Tango en el Mercado are sure to put on a special event that won’t soon be forgotten. If you’re a little tipsy at the end, perhaps you’ll let loose and join in the milonga, no?

Mercado de San Telmo | Bolívar & Carlos Calvo | 9 PM | Tasting AR $400, Milonga AR $150 | Facebook