Bariloche Food and Wine Tours
Behold Bariloche's magnificent views and comforting cuisine
Nestled against the hills of Argentina’s oldest National Park, Nahuel Huapi, San Carlos De Bariloche is a has the sincere charm of a small Alpine town. More commonly referred to as Bariloche, this peaceful place sits at the foot of the Andes, and offers an endless range of activities for those with a love for the outdoors. From hiking forests, waterfalls and glaciers, to skiing the summits, the town is a paradise for nature lovers, as well as foodies looking for a tasty getaway. Along with typical Argentinian specialities, the town’s German heritage means that Bariloche has a few European influences in its cooking, setting the cuisine apart from anything else you’re likely to find nearby.
As you might expect from a place known as the “Lake District of Argentina”, Bariloche is the perfect spot to try your hand at fishing. The waters of Lago Nahuel Huapi are home to many freshwater fish including rainbow trout, mackerel and salmon. Locals tend to spend summer evenings in Bariloche enjoying the views from their verandas, tucking into the freshest catch of the day.
As winter approaches, the cuisine in Bariloche takes on a more comforting feel. Hearty stews of Patagonian lamb are served up in generous portions, and succulent meat is marinated in salt, garlic and olive oil before being grilled on the parrilla. Lambs in this part of the world is free range, and many visitors have been known to claim that Bariloche cooks up the best lamb dishes in the whole of Argentina.
Empanadas are another delicacy that you will often find on the menus in Bariloche. With the option of both sweet and savoury, you can nibble to your heart’s content, surprised to discover that almost anything can be stuffed into these wheat flour pastries. From catfish, lamb or beef to caramelised ginger pears, empanadas are a perfect snack for outdoor enthusiasts.
Tea houses frequent the shore and hills of Bariloche, and are especially popular in the colder winter months. There’s nothing quite like warming up with a fresh mint tea while gazing out across the snow-capped mountains. Fresh berries dipped into melted chocolate offer another cheeky winter warmer, while plenty of tea houses switch to delicious homemade ice creams when the weather turns.
It should come as no surprise that a place in such an extraordinary setting offers equally extraordinary dining experiences. One of these can be found at La Cueva, a restaurant built into a mountain cave and only accessible by snowmobile. Reaching La Cueva is an adventure in itself, but arriving to celebratory glass of champagne and a cheese fondue, and enjoying both beside an open fire, make this foodie mission totally worth it.
For one final foodie experience before you depart, why not take yourself on a self-guided chocolate tour. Quaint shops serving rich, dark Argentinian chocolate line the street of Bartolome Mitre, so you might as well visit them all! This is just another example of how, in Bariloche, any adventurous food fanatic will be utterly spoilt for choice.