THE HIGH ALTITUDE WINE ROUTE
A 200 km route where you can taste the qualities of the “high altitude wines”, the vineyards are located between 1600 m in Cafayate and over 2400 m in Molinos. These wines are characterized by their intense color and great character. The wine region of Salta also has an impressive colonial architecture dating back to the time of the Spanish conquistadors. The presence and cultural influence of Bolivia, Peru and Paraguay are also felt and give a touch of authenticity to the place. Although the wine region of Salta is one of the smallest in the country, it produces about 1% of the country’s wine production, the most striking feature being the cultivation of the white grape Torrontés.
THE TASTE OF TORRONTÉS
orrontés is the emblematic grape of Argentina, the only 100% Argentine grape variety. The region that produces this variety is the northwest of Argentina because of its altitude and microclimate. The valley of Cafayate, in Salta, has gained a worldwide reputation for this variety. In this region, the vineyards reach an altitude of up to 3,000 meters above sea level and rainfall is rare.
A grape that leaves no one indifferent, grown in Salta is distinguished by its white appearance, very aromatic, with a wild/fruity palate and sometimes with a bitter taste. Many wineries located along the wine route offer tastings and the city’s restaurants offer pairings that will leave you very satisfied.
The Torrontés wine and its pairing offer are very wide, enjoy it with locro, empanadas, fish, seafood, Asian and Mexican cuisine.
Visit the Wines of Argentina website to learn more about the history of Torrontés wine.
WINE CELLARS OF CAFAYATE
Here are some of the most famous wineries in Cafayate:
- Bodega Domingo Molina
- Bodega El Provenir
- Bodega Colomé
- Bodega Domingos Hermanos
- Bodega Vasija Secret
The Colomé Winery is the oldest and highest winery in Argentina, founded in 1831 and located in the heart of the Calchaquies valleys at an altitude of 2300 meters. The Colomé winery stands out for its high-quality Argentinean wines. The winery produces about half a million liters of wine and exports to over 25 countries.
If you are visiting Salta, we recommend you visit the Colomé Winery, where you can enjoy a guided tour and wine tasting. You can also visit the museum of James Terruel, an American artist who stands out for being one of the artists who work with light and space.
BODEGA DOMINGO MOLINA
A family winery of the Salta region located in the valleys of Calchaquíes, Salta. This winery is located in an exclusive and special microclimate to develop the authenticity of the Torrontés grape.
This winery is located between 1,600 and 200 meters above sea level, the vineyards are distributed in three valleys: the Valley of Cafayate, the Valley of Rupestre and the Valley of Yacochuya.
Domingo Molina Winery offers guided tours of its vineyards and wine tasting.
The Nanni winery is distinguished by the production of organic wines. The winery is certified as an organic wine producer, no chemicals are used, neither during cultivation nor during production.
The winery produces about 300,000 liters of wine per year which are sold only in the province of Salta. So if you visit Salta, you can take home an exclusive souvenir of the region.
ASSOCIATION OF TRADITIONAL FLAVORS AND WINE TORRONTÉS
Our restaurant, La Table de House of Jasmines, offers a menu of dishes paired with wines from Cafayate’s finest wineries.
If you decide to visit us, Marcela, the food and beverage manager, will recommend the best food and wine pairings. One of the most popular combinations is the Tamal de charqui and the Humita with purple flour, paired with a glass of Laborum Torrontés Single Vineyard wine, Bodega El Porvenir. A fresh, young, fruity, pleasant wine. We like this wine for its structure, balance, and especially its acidity.
If you plan to visit Salta, choose our estancia House of Jasmines or book a table in our restaurant.
In addition to the food, you will have endless activities, we share with you the points of interest in the area.
POINTS OF INTEREST IN SALTA
- The Señora del Rosario Cathedral
- The highest wine route in the world
- Museum of the vine and wine
- Valleys of Calchaquí
- Vinotherapy: Spa with local wines
- Quebrada de las Conchas – a place that protects the flora and fauna
- Ice cream with wine