NORTHWESTERN WINERIES AND VINES
Our wine tours will let you experience the charm of wineries set amidst
majestic scenery and will teach you about the people and the processes
involved in wine production in northwestern Argentina. Live the challenge!
Northwest Argentina proudly hosts amazing high altitude boutique wineries located in the Calchaqui Valley at over 1,700 m.a.s.l.
At high altitudes, the skies are clean, the soil is poor and stony, glacial water is pure and rains are scarce.
These unique weather conditions affected wine plants and its fruit: grapes are smaller, the ripening process is slower and the skin of the fruit is thicker, which is essential on red grapes since it is in the skin where tannins are found. Wines produced from these grapes present an extense color range, amplitude and deep aromas. They are very complex wines on the palate.
READ MORE ABOUT HIGH ALTITUDE WINES
in this article by Adam Lechmere
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WINE GROWING IN SALTA AND NORTHERN ARGENTINA
This is one of the most picturesque regions in Argentina. Cafayate stands out among the wine growing areas in Salta for it hosts 70% of the wineyards in the Lerma Valley, covering 3200 grown hectares and with 99% of their yield being used in the production of wines of the highest quality.
SALTA'S EMBLEMATIC INSIGNIA
Of unknown origin, Argentina is one of the few countries that produce this type of grape and, in the North, Cafayate has the most suitable microclimate for its production thanks to its height, its dry weather and its temperature amplitude.
This grape variety makes highly scented but also extremely dry wines. When young, they look yellowish-green with golden dyes. As they get older, their colour becomes more intense, with vibrant reflections.
In the nose, they evoke orange flowers, azahares, roses, jazmin, lilacs or violets and tropical fruits such as guayaba, peaches and pineapple. Also, more mature notes such as orange skin, walnuts, honey, chamomile and clove can be found. The balance between the acidity and the fruit flavours make this dry wine taste almost like a sweet one.
“TORRONTÉS has been touted as the hottest thing to arrive from Argentina since the tango. Or at least since malbec.”
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