In Argentina there are nearly 26,000 vineyards, covering an area of over 200,000 hectares of its territory from north to south.
An ideal guide to tour the most remarkable wine producing locations is Route 40, which links the best vineyards in its snaking way along the country:
Cafayate, Salta, produces one of the most distinctive white wine grapes worldwide: the Torrontés. Two of the best known wine cellars are Animaná and Etchart.
Wine Cafayate – Salta Argentina
On our way down we reach Catamarca, where rosé and white varieties are more characteristic amid a mountainous terrain and changing weather. The greatest productions are in Tinogasta. Worth a visit: Bodegas Don Diego and Bodegas Cabernet de los Andes.
La Rioja has excellent varieties in Chilecito, Anillaco, Sanagasta and Famatina, whose Torrontés has been internationally praised.
In the case of the province of San Juan, the main grape producer is the Tulum Valley, benefitted by its dry mild climate which brings optimal conditions for Syrah. The main cellar is Graffigna, but among the younger ones Callia also deserves a visit.
The best fruit production region in the country is in Patagonia, in the High Valley of Río Negro. Among the most developed wine grapes we find Pinot Noir, Semillón and Merlot.
Viñedos en Mendoza. Argentina
Special mention should be made of the province of Mendoza, where viticulture is the main agricultural activity. Cradle of the best Malbec, it hosts the greatest number of wine cellars and is considered one of the world’s eight wine capitals.