(Decanter) The wine scene in Buenos Aires is booming and opportunities to sample Argentina’s far-flung terroirs in its capital have never been more inspiring. Establishments such as World’s 50 Best-ranked Parrilla Don Julio and Oviedo have long invested in their cellars. But today a thirst extending beyond Malbec has inspired a multitude of new bars and vinotecas (wine stores).
Chefs thinking beyond beef means that sommeliers can fashion lists that allow whites, skin-contact and light-bodied reds to shine. Renewed interest in bottling Criolla and Pedro Ximénez has helped to drive this trend. Easy-drinkers are now well represented on the cartas at plant-based Julia, Narda Comedor and Chui restaurants, as well as at LatAm 50 Bester Aramburu, seafood specialist Crizia and Latin American café Condarco.
Many wine gurus have also transcended the restaurant plane. Take Martín Bruno, winner of the Concurso Mejor Sommelier de Argentina (Best Sommelier of Argentina Competition) 2017, who runs Bebé Vino with wife Victoria García. Equally noteworthy is Rodrigo Calderón’s captivating cellar By Sótano. Both spots host regular tastings and by-the-glass options, as do Winemakers in Recoleta, Vino El Salvador in Palermo Hollywood and Mr Wines in Caballito.