Wine Route in Argentina
As our invited expert well explains, we should acknowledge the magnitude of the wine-growing activity in a country that is home to three main regions, each with a different soil type and diverse climate features: the high altitude in Northern Argentina, the aridity of Cuyo and the plains in Patagonia. Worth mentioning are also the new ventures arising by the Atlantic Ocean, in Buenos Aires province.
The country is home to at least 2,000 wineries, many of which offer vineyard and winery tours. The Head of Wine Institute Salta and Sommelier Jorge Luis Gallo, shares some useful tips before we set out on this type of tour.
“What makes this route so exceptional is not only the diversity of soils, climates and altitudes of the different wine-growing regions, but also the fact that most wines are good value for money”. Mr. Gallo also admits that there are other reasons to go on this tour. “The variety of sceneries, the possibility to sample a wide range of wines and learn about diverse methods of production. Each winery, each small business tries to showcase their work and art in a more personalized way, thus adding value to the whole experience”.
“You must be willing to learn and enjoy. The key is to have a good time and learn not only about the wines but also about the cuisine in each region.” The expert goes on to say that the locals in the different areas as well as the landscapes and even the regional jams represent an important factor in the whole experience.
Should I be a wine connoisseur to go on the wine route?
This is one of the questions most frequently asked by our travelers when planning to set out on one of these tours. “There are those who are very knowledgeable about this subject matter and are seeking to learn more about the features of production,” Mr. Gallo adds. However, he also points out that visitors don´t need to be experts to take pleasure in such tours, as there will always be guides ready to assist and inform them.
What are the best wineries in Argentina?
Many of the wineries mentioned in this special edition have been acknowledged as some of the best in the world. In “The World´s Best Vineyards” 2021 edition, Zuccardi Valle de Uco topped the list as the best wine tourist destination in the world. Catena Zapata won the 7th position and other vineyards like Trapiche, El Enemigo Wines and Colomé also ranked high on this prestigious list (18th, 24th and 35th, respectively).
Most renowned wines: Torrontes, Bonarda, Malbec, Syrah
The Northern region is home to wineries in Jujuy, Salta, Tucuman and Catamarca. 6,230 hectares in which the altitude of the vineyards ranges from 750 to 3,329 meters above sea level. Here the winemaking tradition dates back to the XVII century in Valle Calchaquies, though it is Cafayate that stands as the main wine producer in the region with 60% of the vineyard area. Both the landscapes and the extreme altitudes will take your breath away here.