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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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

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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

  • Michel Torino Malbec Cuma Organic 2010

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    Wonderful. My favorite Malbec! Read More

    Wine review by Abundant Life


  • Alamos Torrontes 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Kaiken Torrontes Terroir Series 2014

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    Quite aromatic and floral aromas of pineapple, melon and rose petal with a hint of white pepper. Juicy and full bodied in the mouth, with loads of fresh acidity up front softening in the mid palate and showing flavors of green apple, lemon and an appealingly spicy finish that hints at some wood treatment. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Colomé Torrontés 2014

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    I bought a case of this on a hunch. It is not bad white wine but it is not great white wine. Read More

    Wine review by anstett


  • Zuccardi Serie a Torrontes 2012

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    Very floral, intense orange blossom and peach aromas with dried apricot, hops and wildflower. Clementine and nectarine flavors, good fresh acidity with lemon rind and more orange blossom and peach. Very interesting minerality and quite refreshing. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Cafayate 2013

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    It's a quite good wine, ideal for sea stuff. Read More

    Wine review by Luke Varsi


  • Bodegas Y Viñedos O. Fournier Urban Uco Torrontes 2011

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    A tad off (TCA?) with mango and pineapple but a touch of wet cardboard. There's a decent amount of acidity with the tropical fruit but not much depth. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Urban Uco Torrontes Cafayate Salta Argentina 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Michel Torino Shiraz Don David Reserve 2011

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    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


  • Michel Torino Coleccion Torrontes 2011

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    This is a crisp light wine,with a hint of honey in the nose. Pleasant and persistent aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by mark


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