Argentina's Ruta del Vino (Wine Route) covers over 1,000 miles and 2,000 wineries, offering everything from malbecs (what the country is famous for), to cabernet sauvignons, chardonnays, sauvignon blancs, syrahs, merlots and more. While the route is far from being a linear one, its most prominent areas are along Argentina’s legendary Route 40, which follows the Andes mountain range.
Northwest Route: First, head north to experience the smell and taste of Torrontés, a native grape strain that produces unique white wine with a subtle, but sweet aroma. The Calchaquí Valley in Salta, La Rioja, and San Juan are known to have some of the best productions of Torrontés.In addition, the dry climate and high temperatures of this region yield sandy soil perfect for high-altitude reds. And the region’s unique landscapes are the perfect complement to enjoy the local wines.
Mendoza: By far the most well-traveled is Argentina’s Cuyo region, where you’ll find malbec, bonarda, and syrah in abundance. Mendoza is the country's largest wine producing region, accounting for 70 - 80% of the wine produced in Argentina. Relax at a local winery and enjoy majestic views of the snow-capped Andes or get familiar with Mendoza’s local culture and join a horseback riding tour.
Southern Route: In the south of Argentina, fall in love with the Patagonia region which includes the provinces of Neuquén, Río Negro, and Chubut. Wine varieties such as merlot and pinot noir that thrive in colder climes are most notable in this region, but in recent years sparkling pinot noirs and well-balanced whites have been on the rise, especially in Neuquén. Its location between idyllic lagoons in the West, and the Atlantic coast to the East, allows adventure lovers to also enjoy the spectacular background of rugged mountains or get up-close-and-personal with the vastness of Patagonia's landscapes on a trekking excursion. End your day with a palate cleanse at a local eatery - Patagonian lamb is a must-try - and take in the picturesque, cotton-candy colored sunset.
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