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San Rafael, Argentina

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Some Forum Posts:

Argentina: Tractor:

mikelly, I had a Tractor for sale but it too big the dust and I purchased a rebuilt used one.

Argentina: Expats living in Cordoba:

My wife and I lived in Mendoza for 5-years and the few times we were stopped by Police we used our USA Driver’s Licenses with no problems. Never saw a need for an Argentine license/permit. If you live outside of town then having a car at your disposal becomes very important. Renting a car is VERY expensive in Argentina, especially if you carry a low “Deductble” for “Comprehensive and Collision”. We had a US$1,500 deductible and the car was hammered into worthlessness by hail. The car was totaled. We glady paid the US$1,500. We considered buying a “Used” car but they were buckets of bolts for big bucks. US$5,000 used cars were junkers. We ended up buying a new Chevy compact but candidly the Blue or Black market was in full force back then and the US$10,000 we brought in from the US got us twice the official amount of pesos which we used to pay for the new car. Over the years we found some of the “Best” deals on cars was when Americans or Europeans were going back home after calling it quits in Argentina. I have seen a brand-new (a year or two old) car go for 50% of what was paid because the owners wanted to put their sour Argentine experience behind them. Check out EX-Pat clubs and ask if anyone is selling, or will be selling a fairly new car. In my opinion, “should you live outside of the city” is the most serious and thorny question you pose. I have heard many stories, whether Cordoba, Mendoza, San Rafael etc. where Foreigners living out of the city were forcibly robbed in their home, sometimes by masked hombres they recognized. Or, burgled meaning while they were gone thieves broke into their residence and stripped everything even if nailed or bolted down like doors, toilets, stoves etc. I think a key issue is, will locals consider you full time residents. If you take long trips, even a few weeks, to travel or return to your home country you may return to find an empty house. My wife and I lived in nice Condos so the problem did not exist. Someday we may build a house on our vineyards located about 8-miles from the center ofi San Rafael but we have a 24/7 vineyard Manager who lives with his family on the property so if we took off it wouldn’t be a problem. Hope this helps.

Argentina: Fermentation tank:

Mike, What size Stainless Steel tank are you looking for? I’ll ask my Vineyard Manager. Try a friend of mine Aziz, who owns a Chateau Hana Bodega in San Rafael. He’s a handy guy who knows just about everyone and everything available. I have made Chardonnay, without oaks barrels, and its fantastic. Here’s his info but he may have already left for Paris and won’t be back until January. Aziz Abdul cel : (+54 9) 2604 55 42 01 skype : aziz.aabdul The best Argentinian Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon Sincerely, Tom

Argentina: Looking at moving to Mendoza:

My wife and I lived 5-years in Mendoza and highly recommend this quaint city, however, if you are considering a small farm in or near the city it can be expensive when compared to a hour or two away. When you opt to be in town a cab will take you almost anywhere and cheaply but because you are in or or on the fringes of the city, e.g. Maipu, Lujan de Cuyo etc. you will find even small farms, orchards and vineyards are expensive. If you opt to live further out then a car might become a necessity. Buying a “Used” car can be problematic and new cars are VERY expensive. I suggest you stay in Mendoza City and take excursions in and around the city including as far south as valle de Uco, La Consulta, Tunuyan, Tupungato and San Rafael. Argentina is a wonderful country and it never fails to amaze me how one ex-pat can love a particular city while another ex-pat doesn’t share the same affection.

Argentina: Need a Tractor:

I need a relatively affordable NEW Tractor with terms or Take Over Payments. Or an excellent USED Tractor to be used on my vineyards in San Rafael.

Argentina: Anyone moving to Argentina or just arrived there?:

I think PurpleE should thank todikaios for taking the time to answer such a sweeping question. It’s like someone asking, “I’m visiting the US next month, can someone tell me all about it?” Can the person be a little more specific?

Argentina: 3D graphic design in Buenos Aires?:

I wish you luck but I do have a few questions regarding your question about your “job chances”. Are you Argentine or a Foreigner? Are you fluent in Spanish? What is your primary motive for going to BA? Income, opportunity, see the country, romance ...??? If not fluent in Spanish your job chances drop dramatically. A bi-lingual Argentine, Spanish and English, with a College Degree in 3D Graphic Design probably earns the equivalent of US$300 weekly. Does that ring your bell?

Argentina: passport:

There should be an Immigration Department in Mendoza City that can handle this for you. If your VISA has expired you will be lectured and receive a fine which is less than what it would cost to take a Bus to Santiago Chile and then turn around and come back. Or to fly to BA and jump over to Uruguay.

Argentina: Exchanging US land for Argentine land, anyone?:

expat0tree, Yes, the ubiquitous clutches of the Governmental taxing authorities. You have piqued my curiosity and knowing where the parcel is located would certainly help. If it’s 20-acres in San Francisco, Los Angeles or Manhattan you have a deal. If it’s 20-acres in Furnace Creek in Death Valley, California maybe not. I hope it’s somewhere in-between.

Argentina: Advice on a shipping company:

Kelly, I am sure you have done your homework but be careful when you move. The moving company may be A+ but that will not reduce your risk at Argentine Customs, especially if Buenos Aires Customs. If either you or your spouse is an Argentine resident you are probably okay but if you’re not, please be extra careful. I have heard many horror stories about automobiles and furniture being stuck at BA Customs for so long that the storage fees imposed by Customs exceeded the value of the automobile and the owners just walked away.

Argentina: San Rafael, Argentine Joint Venture:

I will provide the land in a gated vineyard development next to well established vineyards and provide utilities if you build a Model home on it for people to see and perhaps want to do the same. Sorry, no homes made out of tires, bales of hay or modulars. And you must have the capital to build the home. I can have it built for you at about US$50 per sq, ft. or USA$550 per m2.

Argentina: What to do with 40-acres?:

I have 40-acres in San Rafael Argentina with ample water rights. But a recent Agronomist Report says the land is too salty to grow vineyards, orchards of groves. I could cleanse the soil but it would require several years and a lot of chemicals. Any ideas what I can do? No, I don’t want to raise Pet Rocks. If someone can come up with a way to legitimately use this land? I will provide the land and water. I am not necessarily looking for money. I am open to some form of a partnership or a JV. Let me know.

Argentina: Hosehold goods for sale:

Argentina is a large country, what city are you located in? And are you selling a car?

Argentina: 2017 grape harvest:

Mike, Thanks for the info. Our Chardonnay harvest was up slightly to over 27,000 kgs. and again for the sixth straight year Mumms purchased all of the Chardonnay grapes to make Champagne. Our Malbec harvest was also up to nearly 100,000 kgs. and again the grapes were pre-sold to a local Bodega under an "Elaboration" Agreement. And our Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah harvests were about the same as last year. Our Vineyard manager predicts because of grape shortages prices should be strong but I won't know that until September..

Argentina: Cordoba - School in City Center:

Just curious, why Cordoba???

Argentina: Cheaper car in Paraguay?:

The are two key factors in buying a car in Argentina or bringing one in; what you pay and can you bring it into Argentina without a horrific tariff imposed, e.g. 35% - 50%??? Good luck and keep us posted.

Argentina: Hail damage in San Rafael:

Mike, Since 2008 my vineyards have suffered from hail, some years 20% other years 5%. I have explored netting but like you said, it is very expensive, especially for 50-acres. Argentines get sweetheart funding from Government programs for netting. Foreigners are offered nada, zilch, zero.

Argentina: New immigration rules for Argentina?:

Mike, Thanks for the info. I don't blame Macri or any country that prohibits Felons coming in to their country. True, the issue still exists, "If the Felon dully paid his/her time and restitution etc. maybe he/she should have another shot at civilian life".

Argentina: Making the move?:

tbarben, The message that BA was the land of "milk and honey" and as safe as Fort Knox was sarcasm. BA like any big city has its issues with crime, however, it is not a war zone as some describe.

Argentina: Tax Amnesty:

elhombre, Pretty sad if true because the whole point of this forum is to exchange candid, often intense or even brutal observations and comments about a country.

Argentina: What not to miss:

I would definitely spend a week in Mendoza Province, Argentina's wine country with over 1,100 Bodegas. Thus far my wife and I have visited about 40, that leaves 1,060 to go.

Argentina: buying hectares for almond production:

Wow, talk about trying to cut a wide swath with a small scythe, you pose a lot of questions that will require a great deal of time to answer and where any professional like an Agronomist would charge a large fee. My caveat, when dealing with raw land on the outskirts of San Rafael make sure the right for you to drill a well is in the DEED. Obtaining the right to dig a well is not longer a given and obtaining a "Permit" can require many many, months unless you are one of those guys who doesn't believe in having a permit.

Argentina: Sell my AR Pesos for US$:

I need US$10,000 for my AR Pesos. Will pay more than exchange rate. If interested contact me. Tom at

Argentina: Choosing gift vouchers for Argentine staff:

I may be a late comer but if you are going to buy wine what kind of wine and what quality of wine are you going to buy? Mendoza Province alone has 1,400 Bodegas and I am sure each one will extoll the virtue of buying its wine. For a price many will ship the wine especially if to addresses in or near B.A.

Argentina: Help please:

Antonio, You say "Hi, and i am in the United States. Which has worse problems. Wow, worse in what ways? Where do you live in the USA? Having lived as an American and owning vineyards in Argentina for 5 years I can tell you that if you arrive in Argentina with money for only two weeks and you speak very little Spanish you are immediately in trouble. Foreigners who live in Argentina and who do not speak Spanish are often relegated to menial jobs like working on a farm or a clerk in a store where your wages will be about US$500 per month, barely enough for rent and certainly not an automobile. Stay in the US, work at a job, save money and learn Spanish and read all you can about Argentina. Also, create a Goggle "Alert" for Argentina and in a month you will be many times more informed than you are now. I don't want you to end up in Argentina, quickly become broke, busted and disgusted because of lack of preparation and then bad mouth Argentina.


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