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Argentina Wine Tasting

Ambitious restaurants and stylish hotels draw well-heeled travelers.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Multiple days

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Points of Interest

1. 1884 Francis Mallman

High-end adaptations of local cuisine.

Address:
1188 Calle Belgrano
Mendoza
Argentina

Phone:
54-261-424-2698

2. Bodega Catena Zapata

The dramatic winery was built to resemble a Mayan temple.

Address:
J. Cobos s/n
Mendoza
Argentina

Phone:
54-261-413-1100

3. Bodega José L. Mounier

Owner and enologist José Luis Mounier worked 18 years at Bodegas Etchart, Salta’s largest producer, before planting grapes on a slope he’d cleared. He has Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, and the brutishly tannic Tannat, but his best wine is white, a floral but flinty Torrontés. It might seem strange that a white grape would thrive... More

4. Bodega San Pedro de Yacochuya

Winemaker Michel Rolland has created superb Malbec and Cabernet blends at this boutique Argentinian winery.

Address:
Provincial Route 2, Km 6
Cafayate
Argentina

Phone:
54-387-431-9439

5. Bodegas Salentein

Located in the Uco Valley, this strikingly modern winery complex founded by a Dutch tycoon, includes a lavish art museum and a gift shop that sells a $750 set of wine aromatics in thimble-size vials.

Address:
Ruta 89, Los Arboles, Tunuyán
Mendoza
Argentina

Phone:
54-114-131-1100

6. Cavas Wine Lodge

Accessible only by a dirt road and set in the midst of a working vineyard, the hotel has contemporary casitas, the walls of which are rounded like mushrooms, and provocative art fills its public spaces. Dine alfresco on beef empanadas and grilled lamb and drink the Argentinean wines.

Address:
Ruta Nacional 7, Alto Agrelo, Luján de Cuyo
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7. Bodega y Estancia Colomé

The hotel, on 96,000 acres, is the choice for isolated luxury. The television-free rooms are surrounded by fields of lavender and 150-year-old vines.

Address:
Km 20, Ruta Provincial 53
Molinos, Salta
Argentina

Phone:
54-386-849-4200

8. José Balcarce

The best restaurant in the city of Salta.

Address:
Necochea 590
Salta
Argentina

Phone:
54-387-421-1628

9. La Posada

The hotel is part of the Vistalba winery, across from La Bourgogne restaurant.

Address:
3531 Calle Roque Saenz Peña, Luján de Cuyo
Mendoza
Argentina

Phone:
54-261-498-9400

10. La Posada del Jamón

Plates of local ham and house-made sausages at an informal roadhouse in the Uco Valley.

Address:
Km 14, Ruta 92
Tunuyán
Argentina

Phone:
54-262-249-2053

Easily the city’s finest hotel, this whitewashed, seven-floor building has a restored Spanish neoclassical exterior, a colonial–era inner courtyard with gurgling fountain, a newly expanded gym and spa space, and a privileged position on downtown’s Plaza Independencia. The traditional façade is just that. Inside its rotating glass doors,... More

The hotel consists of two stories of dark wood and stucco, built around a courtyard and filled with hundred-year-old furniture.

Address:
Rutas Nacionales 40 & 68, Cafayate
Salta
Argentina

Phone:
(800) 325-3589

13. The Winery

A bottle store in a restored mansion.

Address:
898 Chile
Mendoza
Argentina

Phone:
54-261-420-2840