Stunning northwesternArgentinahas a wide range of contrasting microclimates in a single region, including temperate valleys, tropical forests, and the high-altitude Andean desert. Vineyards stretch over 3,200 ha (8,000 acres) and thrive at remarkable altitudes, with some such as Molinos and Payogasta reaching as high as two miles above sea level.
Although Torrontés is the region’s most well-known variety, red grapes encompass 55% of the cultivated area, of which 99% is intended for fine wines. Among the reds, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Tannat, Bonarda, Barbera and Tempranillo are true stand outs. In recent years, the viticulture industry has experienced great growth and development, especially in the production of high quality wines.Salta’s wines are increasingly capturing awards and attention around the globe. New vine stocks have been introduced, and carob tree barrels and manual presses have been replaced by new technology while still preserving the spirit and passion implicit in the elaboration processes.