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Salta is a breathtaking, mountainous region in the north of Argentina, considered part of the larger region known simply as North-West, bordered by Chile, Bolivia and Paraguay. Many of its vineyards are planted at dizzyingly high altitudes in the mountains and foothills. The mountains serve as both climate protection and irrigation, with melted snow flowing into the alluvial (sand over clay) soil. Grapes grown here can reach perfect ripeness and acidity without becoming too extracted or alcoholic.

Salta is home to the Cafayate wine appellation and the jewel grape of the area is by far the white Torrontes, prized for its perfumed aroma, fruity flavor and balanced acidity. Cabernet Sauvignon slightly outshines the country’s otherwise more popular Malbec red grape here. Other grapes grown are Syrah and Chardonnay.

Molinos is its secondary appellation, also boasting very high altitude vineyards and many of the same grape varietals.

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Varietals Produced in Salta View all

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Tannat

    History of the grape: Tannat has been growing in southwest France for many centuries. The grape has the distinction o...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Malbec

    History of the grape: Some believe Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who spread plantings along the French co...

  • Torrontes

    Torrontes is really three closely related grape varieties -- Torrontés Riojano, the most common, Torrontés Sanjuanino...

Subregions of Salta

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  • Felix Lavaque

    Surrounded by its vineyards of Cañada Seca, Barrancas del Atuel, and Finca Santa Luisa, Bodegas L...

  • Michel Torino

    The Winery was founded in 1892 when the French brothers David and Salvador, planted the first vin...

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Salta on Snooth

  • El Porvenir Amauta Absoluto Tannat 2014

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    Binny's 11/17. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Amalaya Torrontes Riesling 2016

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    Plenty of torrontes tropical fruit expressions here - floral and citrus with a touch of sweet to viscosity and acisity. Well done - drink now - 90 points - Paul; Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Amalaya Torrontes Riesling Salta 2016

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    No written review

    Wine review by effell


  • Tilia Torrontes Salta Argentina 2016

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    Argentine whites are always a nice floral blend. This one has a good price point. It might make my nose a little stuffy. We'll see. I'd try it again. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Colomé Torrontes Salta 2014

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    Beautiful pale greenish color. Powerfully fragrant with sutbtle tropical fruits. Perfect acidity. Read More

    Wine review by wenwyia


  • Anko Cafayate. Salta Argentina Torrontes 2016

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    seems to be flat and dry and not exemplary of the resplendent torrontes that i have come to appreciate Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Alamos Torrontes 2015

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    Lemon, grapefruit and green apple aromas with hints of white peach. Melon and lemon flavors on the palate, good full mouthfeel and texture with some spice on the finish following a soft acidity and a base of creaminess. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Alamos Torrontes 2015

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    Sweet and punchy. Read More

    Wine review by esantipapa


  • Bodega Colome Estate Malbec 2012

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    Big and Burly Malbec - blend. Cannot remember much about it, for I had it quite a few months ago, but seem to remember that it was similar to these tasting notes from Wine Advocate...'The very showy, open and aromatic nose is very balsamic and spicy with aromas of wild herbs, especially thyme, juicy blueberries and violets. This is a ripe Malbec... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Colome Torrontes 2014

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    Binny's 3/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


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