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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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Malbec

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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  • Felix Lavaque

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

  • 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

  • Anko 'Oasis En Altura' Salta Argentina Malbec 2016


    just seemed bitter and acidic for the Malbecs I am accustomed too. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Kaiken Terroir Series Torrontes Salta 2016


    Floral poppy seed and sunflower aromas with white grape and melon rind on the nose. A hint of sweet fruit on entry greets the palate with a blooming floral complexity which yields to a slope of minerality down towards a dryly spiced finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • El Porvenir Amauta Absoluto Tannat 2014


    Binny's 11/17 and 1/31/2018. Tannat is just a great varietal. This particular bottle comes from Argentina, I had a special one from Uruguay a couple years ago, but have I have had trouble finding another from that country. This is a close look/taste a-like. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Amalaya Torrontes Riesling 2016


    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


    No written review

    Wine review by effell

  • Tilia Torrontes Salta Argentina 2016


    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


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

    Wine review by wenwyia

  • Anko Cafayate. Salta Argentina Torrontes 2016


    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


    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


    Sweet and punchy. Read More

    Wine review by esantipapa

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