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Argentine Sommelier Program

Have you ever wanted to be trained in the art of wines? You can now be a professional with knowledge of infusions, liqueurs, distilled liquors, wine selection, wine tastings and presentations, as well as being a wine critic, writer, educator, or consultant. The Sommelier program offers the highest quality education to shape individuals into highly qualified professionals with the knowledge and capabilities to become leaders in the wine industry, as well as the several additional areas of tourism and gastronomy.


  • Intensive wine lessons
  • Management and commercial wine organization
  • Sommelier, commercial tasting, international wine trade
  • Advanced wine tasting, wine geography of the old and new world
  • Fundamentals of viticulture and oenology, quality of service
  • Sommelier program transcript and diploma
  • Full access to activities & excursions
  • 18 weeks accommodation


90 days with instruction in Spanish
The organizer also speaks: English
Airport transfer included: Ministro Pistarini International Airport
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Accommodation options in Buenos Aires

All of our accommodation options are located in the most exclusive neighborhoods in Buenos Aires such as Palermo, Belgrano, Barrio Norte or Recoleta, close to public transportation, so that you can safely and easily navigate the city during your stay. All accommodations are reviewed prior to student check-ins to make sure that they are clean, shared with welcoming and friendly roommates or families so that you can enjoy a comfortable and pleasant experience from the very beginning.

Shared apartments

If you are looking for an independent living situation where you can easily meet other students in Buenos Aires, this is the perfect option for you. Your roommates will be other students between 20 and 30 years old who are working, studying or doing both things in Buenos Aires. The facilities include: private room, cable TV, cleaning service, towels and sheets, kitchen access (fully equipped), free WiFi, and all utilities are included as well.


Homestays are the ideal option for students who are looking for consistent interaction with Argentines, open to different living situations, and willing to adapt to the structure and values of the host family. Learn about cultural traditions and daily life of your host family. They are committed to making sure that you have a fulfilling experience. The facilities include: private room, cable TV, towels and sheets, and all utilities.


Mente Argentina offers students the chance to live in dorms that are located in two of the best neighborhoods in Buenos Aires. If you are young, have a tight budget, and dont mind sharing your room with other people, this might be the right option for you. The facilities include: towels and sheets, optional meal plan, shared bedroom, internet access & computer lab, and a common dinning, TV, and WiFi area.

Private apartments

Private apartments provide participants with the most privacy and independence. In every apartment there is a bedroom, bathroom, living room, kitchen, a local phone and internet access. Living alone, you will have the opportunity to get to know Buenos Aires at your own pace. If you are expecting visitors during your time here or prefer being on your own, this might be the best option for you.


Sommelier Degree in Argentina

The Mente Argentina Intensive Sommelier Program provides you with all of the tools and education that you will need to become a successful professional in the wine industry, both domestically and internationally. You will be prepared for a management position or to start your own business in one of the profitable industries in the world. Because of the intensive nature the program, it can be completed in just five months; encompassing all of the material that a 12 month program covers in a short and thorough five months.

The wine industry is growing at an astonishing rate around the world creating higher quality wine and wine production which has stimulated interested and more knowledgeable consumers. This change in wine culture is shaping the industry and attracting new clients and enthusiasts from all over the world. Because of this growth in sophisticated consumption, the industry now needs a link between the producer and consumer. The sommelier plays an important role in connecting and maintaining a relationship between the two.

In response to this growing market, Mente Argentinas Intensive Sommelier Program is for those who wish to develop the skills necessary to succeed in this expanding market. The Sommelier Program is designed for candidates who have worked in the customer service industry and/or have restaurant management experience, as well as those without experience in the field but who wish to pursue a career in the wine industry, whether it is in a winery or at the vineyard, or as a distributor or specialty store owner.

The Sommelier Program is composed of 4 courses. These courses include one mandatory, personalized Sommelier course (which can be taught in English), as well as three specialization courses. Each course is chosen by the student from the school's specialization list. Before the program start date, each student will meet with the Program Director individually to choose their specialization courses. The Program Director will help advice the course decisions, based upon the student's personal interests, background, and career goals.

Introduction to wine tasting

The main goal of this course is for the students to Know the basic physiology of our sensorium, automate each of the stages of the tasting, heighten their sensory perceptions, know the various aspects of the tasting (environment, physiological, emotional, etc.), internalize and generate respect for the wine through the tasting, and many more.

Some subjects include: definitions of tasting, general vocabulary, differences between taste and flavor, aroma and flavor, methodology of the tasting, gustatory analysis, evolution of aromas and flavors in the aftertaste. More subjects also explore: taster and the internal and external agents, different types, styles, and categories of the wine.

Fundamentals of viticulture and oenology

The student will learn the basic aspects of the plants of vines, understand the interactions between the ECA, the environment and man and its impact on the quality of the wines, generate recognition and respect for the work of the men in the vineyards, know the primary material of the vine: the grape must and microbiology involved in biological phenomena of wine-making, and other aspects of oenology as both science and art.

Subjects will include: vine classification and principal characteristics, varieties, factors affecting the quality of the grape, the appellations of Argentine origin. Enology: definition, evolution of the enology. The wine: definition, classification. World wine scene: location of Argentina in the global context. Lastly, the chemistry behind wines will be discussed in depth from fermentation to amino acids.

Argentine wine geography

The focus will be on understanding the factors that determine the quality of the argentine vineyards, analyzing the Argentine geography, its production, consumption, and regions, and promoting the study and appreciation of wine in general with special emphasis in the regional and national reality. In addition, the students will explore the potential wine regions of the country.

Subjects include: world wine scene, introduction, and geographical location of Argentina, highlights and hydrography, overall view of the regions of Argentina. Trends of viniculture Argentina will also be discussed including the location of Argentina in the global context, the Argentine wine regions of Calchaquies Valley, Mendoza and its five regions, valleys of Patagonia, and more.

Quality of service I

The main objectives of this course is for the students to understand the organization of a service of excellence, classify the principle businesses of the catering sector, identify each of the work positions, learn the correct process for the wine service, understand and be able to manage the verbal and non-verbal language, understand the basic norms and values of customer service, and know the skills of personal image.

Subjects in this course include: concepts and characteristics of quality service, fundamentals of service as a profession, expectations of the customer, handling of complaints, and general rules of protocol. More subjects explore the systems of gratuities, basic safety rules in gastronomy, Mise in place of the Sommelier, suitable temperatures of Wines, glasses, correct service sequences, handling materials, and other skill.


After this course, the students will understand the process of the winemaking and its various methods; conservation and aging of the calm, sparkling and fortified wines. The students will also learn the main oenological supplies: barrel, bottle, Cork and capsule: types and functions. Subjects focus on fermentation, analysis of tenor observance, operations common to all the fermentation, and traditional systems of fermentation in red, white and ros.

The oak barrel will also be explored: phenomena occurring within the barrel, glass bottle, cork, and capsule. Traditional elaboration system. Commercial categories. Asti sparkling wine, aerated semi-sparkling wines, cocktails and sparkling fruity. Liqueur wines. The distillation of wines. Wine and health. Home wine making: guidelines and procedures suggested by the National Wine Institute. As the taster prepares the assemblages: theory of mixture.

Advanced wine tasting

The basic tastes: its identification. Thresholds. The sensory profile of each taster. The acidity and sweetness in the wine. Perceptions of texture. The astringency and saltier. The main goal of this course is that the students can perceive through distinct sensorial tests the main components of wine, perceive through distinct sensorial tests the differences between normal and defective wine, and appreciate the main characteristics of the principle varietal wines.

Quality of service II

To now the styles of services utilized in catering and the techniques of quality service. To understand the importance of menu planning as well as the proper functioning of the bar and your service. Subjects include: classification and composition of the menu, methods of preparation, basic concepts of cooking and the gastronomic appreciation, methods of concoctions.

The bar: characteristics, bar service, equipment, classification of the crystal, fundamental drinks, work station and the Mise en place of the bar, basic cocktails, preparation methods of cocktails, classic drink recipes, costing, and assembly of tables. Breakfast, coffee, coffee break service, service of tea, brunch, lunch, wine of honor - cocktails, reception, use of the rack, transport of dishes, and post-service activities will also be discussed.

Introduction to wine marketing

To understand the basics of marketing, and to relate theory with aspects, functions, and roles of the environment of the Sommellerie. The course includes: overview of marketing, tools and strategies, the basic plan, various sales channels and management processes, analysis of the competition, the Argentine market and the competitive potential of argentine wine.

Wine geography of the old world

Understanding the reason for the differences in features and profiles of wines based on agro climatic aspects of the wine regions of the old world. Knowing the historical background that explains the reason for the different styles of wines from the old world countries. Subjects include: major denominations of origin, historical aspects, agronomic and productive. Major wineries and wines.

Wine regions of Italy: Major denominations of origin. Historical aspects, agronomic and productive major wineries and wines. Wine Geography of France: Major denominations of origin: Alsace, Jura, Savoy, Loire Valley, Champagne, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Rhone and Provence, Southwest and Languedoc, Roussillon. Historical aspects, agronomic and productive. Wine regions of Portugal. Wine regions of Germany, Western Europe and Eastern Europe.


The main goal of the course is that the students can acquire fluency and security in their oral expression, acquire fluency, safety, and oral and gestural self-assurance when they are in charge of the conduction of guided tastings, know the principle theories of the interactions between the food and drink, and acquire understanding and skills necessary to organize and conduct wine tastings.

History of the Sommellerie and the figure of the Sommelier: specific roles and functions, the Sommelier in reality, work field, introduction to public speaking, and the structure and development of speeches. The guided wine tasting: aspects and organization, conditions and qualities of the speaker, preparations, psychological obstacles to communication, style, rhetorical figures, phonetic and visual resources, and subsequent discussions.

Sales and consulting: a wine bar, wine stores and supermarkets. Sales prices: criteria for fixing. The cava and his administration. Organization of stock, inventory management and purchase. Introduction to the accompaniments: general principles. Interactions of the wine with different raw materials and products. Food pairing suggestions. The meats and wines. The wines and tapas. The sauces and the wines. Desserts and wines. The cheeses and wines.

Wine geography of the new world

Students will learn the why of the differences of characteristics and profiles of the wines in relation with the agro climatic aspects of the wine regions of the new world and their previous histories. Historical aspects, agronomics and productions of wine regions of Chile, Uruguay and Brazil, United States and Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other producing countries.

Spirits and liquors

The main goal of the course is that the students can know the development and manufacturing of various drinks and its organoleptic profile, acquire ability to use beverages distilled in pairings and snacks, and undergo real trials of cocktail preparation. Whisky: Processing, classification, main producing countries. Other spirits: Vodka, rum, gin, tequila. Wine-based aperitifs and snacks based on alcohol. Liquors. Long drinks. Cocktail bar.

Professional practice I

Students will realize a practical experience in which they can apply their theoretical understandings acquired in the incorporated educative institution the skills and techniques related to their profession. This space will allow the possibility for the students to: restructure understandings, identify and compensate for weaknesses, recognize and capitalize on strengths.

This includes: developing new skills and attitudes, enriching their creativity, developing their critical sense, performing with self-discipline, responsibility and service attitude, and becoming a part of a workplace, understanding the dynamics and the proper handling of interpersonal relationships with work teams. In depth exploration involves the different varieties of grapes and wine - tasting in the cultural and social fields.

Oenological tendencies

To understand the specific and advances knowledge about wine and oenology. Interact fluently with the distinct, responsible techniques of the activity. Advanced wine growing. Precision wine growing. New developments and works. The last crop in the world. Grape phenolic maturity. Cold pre-fermentation maceration. Use of enzymes. Use of selected yeasts.

More subjects include: Biological acidification. Special wines. Wine growing: Thermo maceration and carbonic maceration. White wines: methods to privilege its aromatic expression. The management of inert gases in the preservation and packaging. Centrifuging and filtration: latest technologies. The management of the oak. Packaging supplies: capsule, bottle and Cork.

Commercial tasting I

This is where the student will learn to apply commercial critiques in the evaluation of wine and other drinks, learn how to figure prices for buying wine and drinks according to the organoleptic quality, delve into the problems of oral expression applied to the tasting, and to identify the profiles of the consumers of the different markets for the positioning of different products according to their organoleptic qualities.

Subjects in this course includes the following: tasting of wines of different styles, tastings of wines of different wine-growing regions, wine tasting by strips of value, competitive organoleptic qualities of each product, technical data sheets and business cards, the public or auditorium, relationship with the audience, oratory fear and personal balance, and body Language.

Management and commercial wine organization

Students will know the organized structures of the activity, understand the steps of efficient management, and analyze the structure of wine and drink costs. Structuring and budgetary costing. Information system. Cost projection. Cost systems for the wine industry. Analysis of the organizational environment. Value chain analysis and management of development programs. Communications and human resource management. Strategic direction. The logistics and distribution.

Marketing and the commercialization of wines and drinks I

To learn the basis of the commercialization of wines and vineyards, implement the steps for preparation of a complete marketing plan for a wine product, and understand and analyze the operation of the commercial area of a wine cellar. The marketing plan: the specific focus on wines and/or drinks. Investigations of the market. Products. Structure of pricing. Packaging. Branding. Marketing skills. The Practical/theoretical FODA analysis.

Professional practice II

Carry out a practical experience, which can apply the theoretical knowledge acquired in the educational institution, incorporating the tools and techniques related to their profession. This space will provide the possibility that students: restructure understandings, identify and compensate for weaknesses, recognize and capitalize on strengths, developing new skills and attitudes.

Students must also know how to: enrich their creativity, develop their critical sense, perform with self-discipline, responsibility and service attitude, and to become a part of a workplace, understand the dynamics and the proper handling of interpersonal relationships with work teams. This includes the different varieties of grapes and wine - tasting in the cultural and social fields.

Gourmet products

To know different raw materials and food, their manufacturing and organoleptic profile. To understand the various infusions from raw materials, production processes and its organoleptic profile. Subjects include: cheese, chocolate, olive oil, tobacco, mineral water, beer, cider, tea, coffee, their processes of elaboration, types and styles of production. Sensorial analysis will also be explored.

Commercial tastings II

Students will know the ways of transmission of the style and character of the wine to the guests, develop independence in the assessments made, perform a service of excellence of wines and drinks, know styles of wineries, wines and winemakers, deepen within the tasting of wines and drinks, oral and written, know wineries and winemakers that produce wines with different styles, and establish agreements between meals and wines of Argentina.

Subjects include: professional tasting of wines, styles of wine, styles of consumer, typology of wines and wineries, description of wines, commercial tasting, new wines and wineries in Argentina, the role of wood in the wines of Argentina. White and red varieties most commonly used in Argentina, sparkling wines, and development of special wines in the country. New edge oenological techniques used in the country: ways to recognize them and transmit them.

International wine trade

To know and analyze the consumption of wine and drinks on a global scale, to know the principle wine-growing markets, to interpret the different types of consumers, to know the international drink trade. Subjects include: operation of international trade, strategies for entering foreign markets, the context of the national and international wine-growing markets, Argentina and its competitive situation, and communication strategies on a global scale.

Marketing and commercialization of wines and drinks II

After the course, the students will learn: the basics of publicity of wines and wineries, apply the steps of the sale en the work place of the Sommelier, and know and analyze the functioning of an advertising agency in the field of wines and beverages. Subjects explored are: construction of premium branding, branding image, publicity, and communication. Positioning of the brand, positioning of multiple brands. Composition of the market.

Production model: categorization of wineries. What it means to sell. Profile of the seller. On trade / Off trade. Strategies of distribution. Legal barriers. Sale of drinks in supermarkets, specialty stores and restaurants. New brands in competitive markets. Sale procedure. How to put together an order. Terms of sale according to each channel. Forms of payment. Shares in and with the channel.


If you do not have an advanced level of Spanish, the Sommelier Program offers you the possibility of attending monthly intensive Spanish courses before the beginning of the courses. This part of the program is optional, but it can help you quickly improve your comprehension and command of the language as well as adapt to the pace of Argentine student life.

Included excursions

Buenos Aires city tour

A city with a fascinating history and with a very active social and political life. This city tour shows the highlights of Buenos Aires, while covering the history of Argentina and its people. Learn about the events that have shaped Buenos Aires when visiting the National Congress, Casa Rosada (Main Government Building), Manzana de las Luces (the first site for the University of Buenos Aires), Argentine Workers Union Building, Evita Museum, and San Telmo, among others.

Graffiti street art tour

If you love street art or just want to see a different side of the city, this is a great opportunity to explore the world of graffiti in Buenos Aires. This tour promotes the extraordinary street art scene in Buenos Aires. The tour takes participants to secret graffiti hotspots and art galleries, while explaining the context and origins of one of the most unique urban art scenes in the world. You will finish the tour in the city's only stencil bar where artwork is ready for purchase.

La Boca - San Telmo - Puerto Madero tour

This is a wonderful opportunity to discover the historic part of Buenos Aires. The tour starts in the colorful, scenic neighborhood of La Boca. Then, you will visit the Boca Juniors Football Stadium and you will also walk along the narrow streets one of the oldest neighborhoods in San Telmo where you will talk about the origins of Tango. Finally, you will end the tour in one of the most exclusive, and modern neighborhoods of the city, Puerto Madero.

La Bomba del Tiempo percussion show

All of the programs include free passes to a concert, where you can dance the evening away at an incredibly unique show from a 17-piece improvisational drum group. They incorporate Central American and African rhythms with samba and Argentine folk beats. Musicians play a wide variety of drums like congas, djembes, maracas, and bells. The ultra hip Konex Cultural Center has been hosting the drum group for over four years and it is always one of their most popular events.

Night out

Experience a different side of Argentine culture and hospitality while enjoying locally made liquors. The Mente Argentina staff will take all of the students out to a local bar to drink a couple Quilmes cervezas (Argentine beers) or fernets (a popular liquor in Argentina). This is a fun way to meet everyone studying in Buenos Aires with Mente Argentina! The coordinators love sharing local hot spots with students and enjoying a little bit of the incredible nightlife together!

Pub crawl

Mente Argentina regularly goes on pub crawls in different neighborhoods of the city, stopping by three bars and ending the night at one of Buenos Aires most well known clubs! The pub crawl is a great way to meet other international people studying in Buenos Aires, people just traveling through Argentina, and other Mente Argentina participants. This includes: free pizza, beer, and wine for the first hour, complimentary shooters at each bar, drink discounts, transportation to the club, and free admission!

Tango lessons and milonga

No one should leave Argentina without trying to learn tango - la danza del abrazo -the dance of the embrace. Tango originated in Buenos Aires and is an integral part of the citys culture and history. Group lessons will teach you basic steps while you have fun with your friends. You will also have the chance to go to a milonga (tango dance club) where people of all ages come to dance tango to live music. It is a great opportunity to experience Argentine culture.

Tigre and Delta tour

The delta of the Ro de La Plata, located 20 miles away from Buenos Aires is an ideal day tour spot for porteos and tourists alike. People come from Buenos Aires and surrounding areas to spend the day by the river, shop in the outdoor market, and enjoy the beauty of the delta. During our visit to Tigre, you will see the Parque de La Costa, the Puerto de Frutas (outdoor market), and take a boat tour which will allow you to see the sights of Puerto Tigre (Tigre's harbor).


Things to do (optional)

Optional tours

Bariloche and Puerto Madryn Tour: Bariloche, known for its stunning scenery, is undoubtedly the most popular southern city visited by people from all over the world. Bariloches mountains, lakes, glaciers, forests, hiking trails, and ski resorts are part of its natural beauty and allow for a wide variety of year round activities. Puerto Madryn, is famous for its scenic location on the southern coast, which makes it an unparalleled destination for whale watching and penguin watching. This quiet seaside city is a bird and sea life reservation with incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Colonia, Uruguay Tour: Only one hour away from Buenos Aires by ferry, Colonia, Uruguay is located on the opposite bank of the Rio de la Plata. Colonia is perfect for a day trip or a weekend getaway. This distinctive little town is characterized by cobblestone streets, historic buildings, rustic restaurants, shops and quaint bed & breakfasts. Similar to other destinations in Uruguay, Colonia also has beautiful ocean views and quiet beaches.

El Calafate Tour: a city in Patagonia, Argentina. It is situated in the southern border of Lake Argentino, in the southwest part of the Santa Cruz Province. Building on its must visit location, El Calafate has grown quickly to cater to and profit from the visitors to nearby Los Glaciares National Park. Many visit to see such natural wonders as Perito Moreno Glacier, a massive glacier thats actually composed of many other pieces of shifting ice. Yet travelers will find that El Calafate is much more than merely a gateway to the Patagonian wildits a fun town offering all sorts of outdoor adventures.

Iguazu Falls: The Iguazu Falls are located in the Province of Misiones in Argentina, on the borders of Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil. The massive waterfalls of the Iguazu River are the most impressive part of an already stunning landscape. The national park home to the falls is also famous for its plant life and wild life which make it one of the most popular tourist destinations in Argentina.

Mendoza: Mendoza, in the foothills on the eastern side of the Andes Mountains, is one of the most beautiful provinces in Argentina. It is best known as Argentinas wine region, but its natural beauty also makes it a popular destination for those who want to hike, raft and mountain climb. The main industries in Mendoza are olive oil production and wine making. The Greater Mendoza region is the largest wine producing area in Latin America making Mendoza one of nine cities worldwide in the network of Great Capitals of Wine. Mendoza is perfect for wine lovers who want to learn more about the Argentinas famous Malbec, tour the wineries and see the breathtaking vineyards where the grapes are grown.

Montevideo and Punta Del Este: Montevideo is the pleasant capital city of Uruguay, a country in South America. It is situated on the east bank of the Rio de la Plata and is the southernmost capital city in South America. Punta del Este is a beach resort town in Uruguay complete with casinos, beaches, yachts and lots of tourists. It is known for its beaches, surfing, beautiful people and an ardent night scene. There are many travel sights, including the amazing restaurants. It's been called the Monaco of South America.

Salta and Juju: Known as "Salta la linda" (Salta the beautiful), it is one of the Argentine provinces that has worked to preserve its colonial architecture as well as its natural features. The variety and beauty of the landscapes in the provinces of Salta and Jujuy are spectacular: the magnificence of their mountains, valleys, gorges, and the plant life in their national parks are just some of their main attractions. Numerous villages, monuments and historic sites like pre-colonial ruins complement excellent gastronomy, museums and shopping.

What's included

  • 18 weeks accommodation in the exclusive area of Palermo, Belgrano, Barrio Norte, or Recoleta (all utilities and expenses included)
  • Cell phone
  • Conversation exchange partner - language exchange passes
  • Full access to Mente Argentina tours and activities
  • Guaranteed admission and enrollment
  • Health Club membership: free gym membership included
  • Mente Argentina ISIC Global discount card
  • Mente Argentina on-site assistance and support services (24/7)
  • Mente Argentina welcome kit (calling card, insider's city guide, maps, and more)
  • Official transcripts and certificates
  • Official Wine Institute transcript and diploma
  • Private airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Sommelier program full tuition cost: personalized sommelier course and three wine specializations
  • Tango lessons
  • Welcome orientation

What's not included

  • Airfare

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE). Once you arrive in Buenos Aires, a Mente Argentina Representative will be waiting at the airport holding a sign with your name on it. From there, you will be driven directly to your accommodation where you will meet your on-site program coordinator. Enjoy a worry-free start to your Mente Argentina Program.

Once a flight is reserved to depart Buenos Aires, they will arrange an airport drop off with sufficient time to get through airport security and customs if necessary.

Airport: Ministro Pistarini International Airport Airport transfer included: Ministro Pistarini International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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