Imagine yourself on a vineyard in Africa sipping on a chilled glass of your most beloved wine, or walking through the vibrant streets of Argentina and coming across a secret door that leads to a speakeasy serving up craft cocktails. Whatever the scenario, there’s nothing better than unwinding with a refreshing libation during your travels! And luckily, our Collection members have the inside scoop on where you can enjoy the finest wine and delicious cocktails. Read on to see JG Black Book’s picks for the top wineries and bars around the world.
Located in the heart of Palermo, CasaSur Bellini is set in one of the most distinguished areas of Buenos Aires making it a wonderful jumping-off point for exploring world-class dining establishments and lively bars. One of the local favorites is Aldo’s Wine Bar. Set in a casual and relaxed environment, this is a space where wine is meant to be enjoyed. With over 15 different labels of wine coming in each day from the distributor, “El Garage de Aldo,” the options are endless.
Located in the classic neighborhood of Recoleta, the CasaSur Recoleta Hotel is just around the corner from some of the cities most beloved bars, art galleries, and sightseeing attractions. If it’s the wine you’re in search for, locals suggest Gran Bar Danzón. The pioneer of wine bars in the area, it offers an extensive wine list that is guaranteed to please. If you walk over to Arroyo Street you’ll find Floreria Atlántico. Named “The 50 Best of the World,” this beautiful flower and wine shop is not what it seems. Walk across to one of the doors and walk downstairs, you’ll enter the bar where marine decoration abounds. Since its inception, it has been a benchmark for modern cocktails and the speakeasy modality.
Set in the coveted Palermo Hollywood neighborhood of Buenos Aires, CasaSur Palermo Hotel cozies up to myriad bars, restaurants, and nightclubs. Which bars are locals raving about? Frank’s Bar! This secretive speakeasy is only accessible via a password that is released by a series of clues they put out on their Facebook page. Another local favorite is Victoria Brown, an industrial venue located behind a revolving door in Palermo Soho, where you’ll get the best of the best alchemists mixing you eclectic cocktails. The options really are endless in Argentina!
Some may think that being on an island in Mozambique or in the middle of the world’s second-largest game reserve in Tanzania would hamper your ability to quaff a fine wine or experiment with the latest gin craze – but they would be wrong. At any of Azura Retreats’ three hotels, Azura Benguerra Island, Azura Quililea Private Island and Azura Selous Game Reserve, guests can enjoy wines from Chateau Pas de Loup in the Loire Valley in France. Fun fact: the Chateau Pas de Loup is actually the family home of the founders of Azura Retreats and where the delicious Renée Fouché Crémant de Loire that all honeymooners receive on arrival in their villas comes from. When guests stay with Azura Retreats, they don’t have to go to the best winery – Azura brings the best to you.
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Elewana’s The Manor at Ngorongoro provides the perfect environment to relax and take in the outstanding natural beauty of its gardens and the coffee bush laden hills. The Manor offers its own impressive wine cellar with trained waiters ready to recommend the perfect wine pairing for meals, giving guests the ultimate personalized experience. Another unforgettable experience is the African pop-up bar at sunset in the middle of the Ngorongoro Crater floor. Here, guests can witness a breathtaking game drive while sipping on specially designed signature cocktails or a selection of wines. Both of these experiences are one-of-a-kind!
Wine aficionados have almost too many choices to make when it comes to winery options in South Africa. Luckily for them, Micato Safaris makes those tough choices every day for travelers in search of the quintessential winery experience. While it’s tough to pick favorites, there are a couple of top spots that Micato guests rave about time and again, like Leopards Leap Family Vineyards. Nestled in South Africa’s storied Franschhoek Valley, this vineyard is a justifiably popular spot for food and wine pairings, like their Culinaria Collection, which includes a Pinot Noir, a Pinot-Chardonnay blend, a Grand Vin Bordeaux blend, a Chenin Blanc, sparkling wine and a Muscat sweet wine. Another option is visiting Sir Richard Branson’s Mont Rochelle. Guests can enjoy a tour of the property’s wine cellar as well as a harvest walk to ogle the surrounding vineyards and valleys. Did we mention that Mont Rochelle is one of the lodgings featured on Micato’s popular Southern Africa safari, Wilderness, and Winelands?
In Greece, the Catch Bar and Restaurant is a must-try. With exclusive cocktails that promise to start a new summer drink trend, Catch creates an unforgettable and relaxing experience in an open-air patio that’s an unexpected escape from the buzz of Oia. Their signature cocktail list was inspired by the four elements of nature, with the idea that the earth element is used to discover textures, the air element introduces perfumes, water provides the acidities, and fire gives a deepness to each libation. View their drink menu to learn more about the inspiration behind their cocktails.