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Argentina wine country

There are wineries in abundance in Argentina’s many winemaking regions. Vineyard visits and wine estate tours are the best way to discover the many regional varieties and flavors. Read on for our up-close look at Argentina's fabulous wine culture.
Argentinian winery produce. Photo: Shutterstock
Argentinian winery produce. Photo: Shutterstock

Close to perfect conditions

Argentina’s diverse and rich landscape provides the perfect foundations for producing high-quality wine. Due to its warm climate and low humidity, many Argentine vineyards are often able to harvest their grapes with little to no pesticides, resulting in a more organic final product.


Medieval methods

Some of the most popular provinces to visit for wine in Argentina are La Rioja, Mendoza, Salta and San Juan. In La Rioja, visitors may choose to visit the medieval town of Laguardia to sample the local wine. Laguardia in particular has an underground network of caves that are still used today to produce or store wine.

El Fabulista is a traditional cave-winery in which the grapes are still pressed by foot, making for a more traditional winemaking experience. The most well-known wines produced here are made from the Torrentés or Moscatel de Alexandrias grape varieties.

Mendoza highlights

Mendoza is far and away the standout wine region in Argentina, and its beautiful scenery provides a stunning backdrop for wine lovers. In this area, the three main regions are Lujan de Cuyo, Valle de Uco and Maipú – all of which are home to a range of wineries. For example, in the Uco valley, travelers can visit Bodega Salentein, an architectural wonder with barrel rooms now used as event venues.

Another major winery in Mendoza is the Trapiche Winery, situated in the small town of Maipú. Set within an imposing Florentine-style building, Trapiche was one of the first Argentine wineries to export their wine, and it has maintained a strong reputation for producing high-quality labels. The most famous wines to taste here are red Malbec wines, which are usually full-bodied and fruity.


Off the beaten track

In the mountainous region of Salta, many wineries produce Argentina’s flagship white wine, Torrontés. And while it may be a lesser-known wine region, Salta offers authentic traveling experiences in traditional wineries that offer the opportunity to stay overnight surrounded by vineyards. Colomé is one of the oldest wineries in Argentina as well as one of the highest vineyards in the world. Since 1831, premium wines have been produced here, and the winery offers beautiful accommodation for visitors that include breathtaking views over the Calchaqués Valley. The best wines to try here are the intensely flavored red Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

Bursting with flavor

San Juan is Argentina's second-largest region for winemaking with more than 47,000 planted hectares. The region harvests a wide array of grapes, producing a variety of wines from young and fruity to deep and intense. The most popular red wines here are Malbec and Tannat, while the most popular white wines are Chardonnay and Chenin. The most distinctive features of San Juan wines are their sweetness and vibrant fruity flavours. 


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