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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

  • Malbec

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

  • Tannat

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

  • Torrontes

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

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

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  • Michel Torino

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

  • Bodega Colome

    Colome was farmed for thousand of years by the native population who were excellent stewards o...

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Salta on Snooth

  • Michel Torino Shiraz Don David Reserve 2011


    Fairly fragrant, with lots of blackberry, raspberry and an undertone of something herbaceous. On the palate this one is JUICY, with lots of blackberry, cassis and jam. Also some clove and just a hint of something leathery. Lots of bright acidity. Some lovely subtle notes of vanilla and oak on the finish. Moderate length. Good value here, for sure. Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT

  • Dona Paula Estate Torrontes 2011


    Interesting torrontes from Argentina. Perfume on the nose, orange/tangerine paraffin (?) on the mid palate, medium to low acid and a short to medium finish. Quite an interesting white wine that may be a bit over the top for some. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Altivo 'Vineyard Selection' Cafayate Valley Argentina Torrontes 2011


    being aged in acacia wood barrels provides this wine with a smooth, somewhat neutral taste and becomes easy to get used to. probably best not to be aerated. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Bodega Colome Torrontes Estate 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by sergiolanata

  • Thanks, Julian.  I will look for wines of Patagonia and will let you know ... ... that I recall seeing is Salta.  On the other hand I can't say that I have been looking for wines from Patagonia.  Since you have raised this in my consciousness, maybe I will see some, no Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wines from Patagonia....

  • Michel Torino Estate Altimus 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by LetUsTaste

  • Bodega Colomé Malbec Blend Reserva 2007


    This was given to me as a Retirement gift! One of the best Malbec's I ever had! Read More

    Wine review by michaelmont2000

  • Well you should probably look for more general Malbec.  A couple of things ... the wine.Try something from Salta vs Mendoza and you'll see. Likewise heading farther south, towards Antarctica, it gets colder so things are lower and the wines are quite different. Try something from Patagonia and you'll see.Good luc Read More

    Forum post in the topic I can't believe I'm doing this

  • Bodega Colome Malbec Amalaya 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by Austinista

  • Diseno Torrontes Salta Argentina 2011


    Did not have any of the characteristics that we would expect from the varietal. Not much nose of anything. Did get some minerality and acidity, but not much. Read More

    Wine review by Tbandcwfjourney

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