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Argentina Wine Tours:
Mendoza and Salta


The pleasant town square at Cafayate, central to the Salta wine region of Argentina If you love wine, visiting the many wineries in Argentina undoubtedly will prove to be a pleasure to your palate. Wine tours can take you through several regions, or focus on just one area. Depending on the amount of time, vineyards can be explored in anywhere from one day to two weeks.

If you have One Day
Head straight to the Mendoza region. This province is the largest winemaking region in Argentina and offers countless options for the visitor. Spend time in one winery, exploring its wine-making activities, or choose a few to stop in for a tasting. To finish off a day of wine, enjoy a dinner of local fare at one of the many restaurants in the area.

As an alternative, that could require just a few hours of your time, is taking a wine tasting in Buenos Aires. You can sample a selection of wines, but you will miss out on visiting the unique wineries of Argentina.

If you have Two to Three Days
Continue to focus on one region if you have just a few days. Mendoza is the perfect place for a wine-infused journey. With numerous hotels and rooms in actual bodegas, the traveler can choose to sleep in his or her atmosphere of choice, ranging from rustic to luxurious. One way to plan a few days includes spending a day in one specific area, for example, Maipu. This eastern hamlet offers a taste of several wines from Cabernet Sauvignon to Merlot to the local success of Torrentes. The wineries and restaurants in Mendoza are plentiful, so finding a place to experience good Argentine wine is easy. The winemaking process itself should form the center of several winery outings. When presented with a few days to sample the variety of wine in a special ambience you will be sure to gain an appreciation for Argentina that is altogether new.

If you have One Week
Seven days is enough time to sample more than one region in Argentina. After spending two or three days in Mendoza province, head north to the city of San Juan. The nearby area of Pocito includes several wineries, each small enough to experience the personal touch of winemaking. Then, two hours south of Mendoza, the city of San Rafael awaits. Stay the night in this traditional small city, which has grown up around its local wineries. Visiting all of its wineries is simple, as they are within walking distance of each other.

If you have Two Weeks
A full fourteen days will give you time to visit the many wineries of Argentina. Beginning with Mendoza, then traveling to San Juan and San Rafael, a jam-packed week will start a never-to-be-forgotten wine tasting holiday. After the first week, fly to Salta. This province offers an array of accommodations from frugal to luxurious, and the town of Cafayate is the place to visit for wine. Plan to spend two days in this region as there are a number of wineries worthy of a visit and a tasting. For those who want to probe the intellectual side of wine, do not miss the wine museum Museo de Vitivinicultura, only open on weekdays from 10:00am to 1:00pm and again from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Alternatively, you may want to spend about a week touring the wineries in Argentina and then cross the border into Chile to enjoy the viniculture of that country as well.




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