Mention wine and Argentina in the same sentence, and most people immediately think of Mendoza. But one of the nation’s most distinctive and visually beautiful wine regions lies within Salta Province in the northwestern portion of the country. Here, the fertile soils and high-altitude microclimate of Cafayate create ideal conditions for growing and producing crisp, acidic varietals.

Leave the Malbecs to Mendoza; the star of the show in Salta is the wholly Argentine grape called Torrontés, a white varietal nicknamed “the liar grape” for its sweet, floral aroma and surprisingly crisp, dry, citrus-y flavor with hardly any sweetness at all. Other popular wines grown here include Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Chardonnay.

Cafayate, the jumping-off point for exploring the Salta wine region, sits at the center of the area known as the "Tuscany of Argentina." You need not even leave the town’s central plaza to begin the tastings, though part of what makes the area so delightful are the boutique bodegas throughout the region, many of which offer free tours and inexpensive tastings, often right from the tank and from the bottle, allowing you to taste the progression of a wine from vine to shelf.

If you’re interested in the history of wine-making in the area, stop in for a visit at the Museo de la Vid y del Vino (Museum of Vine and Wine). The small museum displays old-fashioned winery equipment, vintage photographs and interactive exhibits.

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Salta Super Saver: Calchaqui Valley and Cafayate Winery plus Humahuaca Valley Day Trip

Discover two of Argentina’s most spectacular natural attractions with this Salta Super Saver that combines day trips to the Humahuaca Valley and the ...  Read more

Location: Salta, Argentina
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $78.99
$111.99 Save $33.00

Calchaquí Valley Scenic Drive and Day Trip to Cachi from Salta

See the incredible natural attractions of the Calchaquí Valley on this ‘wow’-inducing day trip from Salta to Cachi! Enjoy a comfortable and scenic ...  Read more

Location: Salta, Argentina
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.99

Calchaquí Valley and Cafayate Winery Day Trip from Salta

Discover the many ways Mother Nature blessed Argentina’s Salta province on this day trip that combines spectacular scenery with delicious wine. You’ll head ...  Read more

Location: Salta, Argentina
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $44.99

2-Day Calchaquí Valley Tour to Cachi and Cafayate

Experience the incredible Calchaquí Valley on this activity-filled overnight tour from Salta that combines stunning natural scenery with Argentine wine. ...  Read more

Location: Salta, Argentina
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $233.99

Salta Super Saver: Best of Calchaquí Valley Including Cachi and Cafayate Winery Day Trips

Experience the best of Argentina's Salta province with this Super Saver that combines two fabulous day trips through the Calchaquí Valley! You'll enjoy ...  Read more

Location: Salta, Argentina
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $73.99
$95.99 Save $22.00

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