Mendoza might be Argentina’s most famous wine region, but the wild northwestern province of Salta produces some of South America’s unique wines. Here are some of the must-try varietals and tasting experiences in the Salta province.
The vineyards around Salta are among the highest in the world and the fertile soil and high-altitude microclimate of Cafayate create ideal conditions for growing and producing crisp, acidic varietals. Salta’s flagship wine is Torrontés, a white varietal nicknamed “the liar grape” for its sweet, floral aroma but surprisingly crisp, dry, citrus-like flavor. The region has some fine red wines too, including cabernet sauvignon, Syrah, and malbec, while recent years have seen a number of Tannat wines springing up.
- See regional wonders, including Los Cardones National Park, Cachi, and the Quebrada de Escoipe (Escoipe Gorge) on a full-day tour, stopping for wine tastings along the way.
- Learn more about Argentine winemaking at Cafayate’s Museo de la Vid y del Vino (Museum of Vine and Wine).
- Sample malbec, cabernet, and Torrontés wines during a guided wine tasting at a boutique bodega.
- Meet the winemaker and enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour at Domingo Hermanos, El Tránsito, or Vasija Secreta winery.