Top 5 Wineries in Argentina
Wineries have long been a draw for tourists when visiting Argentina.
The country’s many wine-producers are celebrated for creating great tasting Argentinian Malbec wines.
A new era of wine production is upon Argentina and wines are coming from all over the country; Mendoza, Salta, Córdoba and San Juan, to name but a few.
So if you’re heading to Argentina and are searching for the countries top wineries, look no further. New York travel company AllTheRooms has created a list of the best.
1- Familia Zuccardi, Maipú, Mendoza Region
This winemaking family has been developing wines since the early 1960’s and to this day have five estates across the Mendoza region: La Consulta, Vista Flores, Altamira, Santa Rosa and it’s showpiece Maipú.
The latter winery works off a parral conduction system, which was introduced to the country by Italian immigrants towards the end of the 19th century. It’s since been adjusted by engineer Alberto Zuccardi, who began the project in 1963.
2- Colomé, Molinos, Salta Region
The Salta province, due to its mountainous climate, cold winds and plentiful sunlight, is the perfect place to produce a number of wines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Chardonnay, and Syrah. But the star of Salta is the Torrontés, which is only ever produced in Argentina. What makes this wine so special you may ask? Well, the grape’s flavor profile is said to be a sweet aromatic grape, as well as dry and floral, with hints of rose, peach, and lemon.
One of the wineries that produces this wine is Colomé. It dates back to 1832 and is said to be one of the oldest wineries in Argentina. The Salta province contains some of the highest vineyards in the world, ranging from 5,00 to over 9,000 feet above sea level.
Colomé has claimed the title of one of the oldest vineyards in the world with vines well over 150 years in age. In 2001 Colomé was taken over by Donald Hess and since installed the latest wine production technologies to create fantastic tasting wines. They export to over 25 countries worldwide and are so popular due to their wines’ intense flavors and personalities. If you’re lucky enough to visit the vineyard you’ll find, as well as the Spanish-style main building, an art museum, and hotel on site.
3- Bodegas Salentein, Mendoza Region
The winery of Bodegas Salentein is located in the heart of the Mendoza province, with its vineyards situated in the stunningly beautiful Uco Valley.
The condition of the soil in the area is sandy and loamy, with high elevation, dry weather, hot days and cool nights. These conditions create the ideal conditions for Bodegas Salentein to make their award-winning and highly regarded wines — think Portillo, Killka, and Salentein.
Within the Uco Valley, 800 hectares of premium vineyards are farmed by Salentein and are made, with the help of expert winemaker José Galante, to be sold all around the world. If you’re in the area, every Sunday a wine bus arrives in Salentein, giving visitors the opportunity to explore the winery and others also located in the scenic region.
4- Trapiche, Mendoza Region
With more than 130 years of experience, Trapiche is a pioneer of winemaking in Argentina and one of the first Argentine wineries to enter the international scene.
Since the establishment of the winery, it has introduced French vines to Mendoza, produced varietal wines, imported oak barrels from France and inspired the use of stainless steel tanks in its winemaking process.
With its huge knowledge base, it’s no surprise that Trapiche own 1,255 hectares (3,100 acres) of vineyards in the area.
They also use their knowledge to work collaboratively with more than 300 growers in the province, in an effort to improve the quality of the wine in the region. And their hard work does not go unnoticed; in the 2017 Argentina Wine Awards, Trapiche walked away with the Valleys of Mendoza regional award for their 2014 Grand Medal Cabernet Franc.
5- Familia Schroeder, Patagonia Region
The Familiar Schroeder, found in plains of Patagonia, differs from its Mendoza counterparts.
The roots of the winery, as well as many of Patagonia’s inhabitants, is German and it shows in the wines they produce — typically full-bodied reds, as well as sweet and sparkling wine offerings. An interesting fact about the winery is during its construction dinosaur fossils were found.
These belonged to a dinosaur from the Titanosauridae family, famous for its huge size.
The discovery inspired the winery to subsequently release the Saurus and Saurus Select wine ranges.
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This Guest Post was written by Sage Fitzpatrick exclusively for Social Vignerons.
Sage Fitzpatrick is a London-based tattooed, tea drinking girl who is always reading and travelling the world. When she’s not travelling she spends her time blogging about her travels over at A Virtual Postcard.