Wine Tours

The World's Highest Altitude Vineyards

Our tours of Argentine wine country take you through some of the most spectacular landscapes in South America sipping wine along the way: what more could you ask for?
Combine tasting in some of Argentina’s finest wineries with a stunning visual experience, driving through a constantly changing landscape. Our Classic Wine Route is the circuit of the Valles Calchaquies, the highest altitude wine region in the world, and can be done over three days or more.

If you have more time, we recommend our Wine & History tour, a one-way trip from Salta to Mendoza (or vice versa) over at least six days, travelling down the wine valleys close to the Andes mountain range, visiting historic pre-Hispanic sites including the best Inca ruins in Argentina, and boutique wineries in Catamarca and La Rioja. The journey finishes in the provinces of San Juan and Mendoza, responsible for 93% of the country’s production.

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Wine Tours

Wine and History: Mendoza to Salta

Take the long and winding road from Mendoza to Salta, visiting lesser known boutique wineries in San Juan, La Rioja, and Catamarca along the way.

This deep immersion into the wine and culture of Argentina is perfect for those who want to combine an exploration of the rich history of the region with some of its best off the beaten track wineries, while driving through some breathtaking scenery close to the Andes.

Our journey begins in the hub of Argentine wine production, Mendoza, taking the iconic Route 40 north through the emerging wine regions of La Rioja, Catamarca, and Tucuman.

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from
500 USD

Classic Wine Route

Explore the varied landscape of the Valles Calchaquies and its excellent boutique wineries in this Argentine wine tour par excellence.

Our Classic wine route combines Salta's superb boutique wineries in the highest altitude wine region in the world with the breathtaking landscape of north west Argentina.

Apart from the ubiquitous Malbec, this area is known for its fine Torrontes and Tannat.

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from
300 USD

Wine and History: Salta to Mendoza

Take the long and winding road from Salta to Mendoza, visiting lesser-known boutique wineries in Catamarca, La Rioja, and San Juan along the way.

This deep immersion into the wine and culture of Argentina is perfect for those who want to combine an exploration of the rich history of the region with some of its best off-the-beaten-track wineries, through some breathtaking scenery close to the Andes. Apart from Argentina’s classic red Malbec, we’ll be sampling lesser-known varieties like Tannat, and discovering the Argentine take on classics like Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, and Pinot Grigio.

Our journey begins in the highest altitude wine region in the world, the Valles Calchaquies in Salta, famous for its production of Torrontes, a white grape variety that is unique to Argentina. From Salta’s principal wine town of Cafayate, we take the iconic Route 40 south, through the emerging wine regions of Tucuman, Catamarca, and La Rioja, before arriving in the provinces of San Juan and Mendoza, producers of 93% of the nation’s wine.

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from
600 USD

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Wine Tasting

Cafayate is the hub of Salta's wine region, and though this province only produces 2% of the country’s wine, there are some fine Tannat and Malbec blends, and it’s the best place to sample the white Torrontes single variety unique to Argentina. Don’t miss the delicious wine ice cream!

Cafayate is the hub of Salta's wine region, and though this province only produces 2% of the country’s wine, there are some fine Tannat and Malbec blends, and it’s the best place to sample the white Torrontes single variety unique to Argentina. Don’t miss the delicious wine ice cream!

Cuesta del Obsipo

The Winding Mountain Road

The stunning natural landscape of the Valles Calchaquies includes the cactus-studded hills of Los Cardones national park, and the Mars-like Los Colorados, on the road to the winery of Colome. We also visit the moonscape of Quebrada de las Flechas and the deep ochre-coloured Quebrada de las Concha...

The stunning natural landscape of the Valles Calchaquies includes the cactus-studded hills of Los Cardones national park, and the Mars-like Los Colorados, on the road to the winery of Colome. We also visit the moonscape of Quebrada de las Flechas and the deep ochre-coloured Quebrada de las Conchas near Cafayate. They’re all great places for a short hike!

Chanarmuyo

Boutique bodegas

The boutique producer of Chañarmuyo in La Rioja is one of our favourite stops along the wine route from Salta to Mendoza. They have a small guest house where we can relax during the journey: and sample some of its fine Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, and sparkling blush Pinot Noir.

The boutique producer of Chañarmuyo in La Rioja is one of our favourite stops along the wine route from Salta to Mendoza. They have a small guest house where we can relax during the journey: and sample some of its fine Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, and sparkling blush Pinot Noir.

Shinkal

Inca ruins

The 15th century Inca ruins of Shinkal in Catamarca are halfway along the Wine & History trail from Mendoza to Salta. This was the central hub controlling the southern part of the Inca empire and features the old Sun and Moon temples typical of the tribe from Cusco, Peru who controlled most o...

The 15th century Inca ruins of Shinkal in Catamarca are halfway along the Wine & History trail from Mendoza to Salta. This was the central hub controlling the southern part of the Inca empire and features the old Sun and Moon temples typical of the tribe from Cusco, Peru who controlled most of South America before the arrival of Spanish conquistadores.

A word on the wine

Our tours of Argentine wine country take you through some of the most spectacular landscapes in South America sipping wine along the way: what more could you ask for?

You probably all know about Malbec, Argentina's classic red: and the perfect accompaniment to a good steak. But less well known is the nation’s signature white, Torrontes: a grape whose origins are mysterious but is now a single variety unique to Argentina. Its best expression is in Salta.

What makes an Argentine wine tour extra special is the different varieties which thrive at different altitudes. The northwest is home to the word's highest altitude vineyards, some originally planted by the priests who came with the conquistadores. The high altitude is particularly suited to Cabernet Sauvignon and Torrontes, as well as the heavy red Tannat, first made popular in Uruguay.