It has been a couple of years since I’ve traveled across Argentina, but it is definitely a country you don’t forget easily. Some of the most beautiful views and vistas exist between the bottom of the continent at Ushuaia and the unbelievably stunning landscapes and backdrops in the northern province of Salta.
If you are an adventurist, Argentina is truly the best place to go wine tasting. Never have I been to a more remote location than Bodega Colomé. Between the winding highways that bend through mountain chains and the long dirt roads with no signage or signals, driving through Salta can be a real challenge. If you decide to do a trip on your own, know that you will need to speak and understand the Spanish language to communicate with locals, and the best kind of vehicle is all-terrain.
In this quick guide to five wineries you should visit in Argentina, I focused on Salta and Mendoza in the northern parts of the country. Patagonia now makes wine, but it is a very different style with different grapes as the focus. Salta is best known for the aromatic white grape, Torrontés, while Malbec is still king in Mendoza. Many of these wineries listed have several locations across Salta and Mendoza, as the high altitude vineyards in both locations offer winemakers a variation of these grapes that has deep concentration and added complexity and gives Argentine quality wine its unique features.
I’m sure we could add other wineries to the list, and I’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments. For now, check out my guide for five great wineries that should be on your Argentina wine tasting itinerary on Winetraveler.com.