Norte - Salta
Grapes were brought to Salta in the XVIII century by the Jesuits.
The Calchaquíes Valleys and specially Cafayate concentrate the 90% of vineyards, which totalize about 3.200 hectares. The rest is distributed among Cachi, Molinos and San Carlos. Vineyards at these valleys are called “high altitude vineyards”, ranging between 2.400 and 3.000 meters, a place that impresses because of its majestic location. The rare rains, the extraordinary luminosity and the great thermal amplitude give birth to concentrated fruits and strong wines.
Saltais one of the provinces with the utmost wine tradition; many of its wineries are from the XIX century. Big establishments with more than 10 million liters of capacity are mingled with very small or family-owned wineries. In the last years, many wineries have been equipped with the latest technology, and they are nowadays elaborating highest quality wines.
Torrontes grape is the most common variety. Salta’s Torrontes wines are internationally acknowledged, as wells as Malbec, Cabernet, Tannat, Syrah, Tempranillo and Chardonnay. Salta’s cuisine is another huge milestone: plentiful regional dishes, coming from native ancestral recipes perfectly pairing with region's wines.
Salta(which means “The Very Beautiful”) features a huge variety of amazing landscapes combining the Puna, the jungle, the valleys and the ravines. The wine producing region is privileged because of its natural richness and the culture inherited from the ancient Diaguita-Calchaqui nation of the Inca Empire.
Wineries with estancias, boutique hotels, inns and wine spas offer a big variety of lodging and relaxing options in the wine scenery. The kindness of its people, the authenticity of its cuisine, the ancient people and its handicraftsmen are part of the tourist attraction of the Wine Route in this province.