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Deserted dinosaurs’ land, this Argentine province is the country’s second wine producer. In San Juan, life is celebrated with Syrah.

San Juan has a long wine-making tradition due to the Spanish and Italian immigration. On the arid soils and under an inclement sun, the work and effort of the vintners resulted in fertile vineyards, organized following the Spanish style. At the province governed by the Zonda wind, enotourist proposals includes visits to traditional vineyards, with their old and modern wineries and taste their secretly exquisite wines –including their sparkling varieties- some of them of organic production; others, born at the mountain’s heart.

The most important wine-making regions in San Juan are the Valleys of Tulum (Albardón, Caucete, San Martín, Angaco, Pocito, Sarmiento, 25 de Mayo), Zonda and Ullum. The wineries that comprise the Wine Route are mostly in the nearby of the capital city. Visitors shall observe traditional as well as vanguardist facilities. There are wineries and vineyards framed by incredible beautiful landscapes. At this boutique-style facilities, the owners themselves welcome visitors and guide them across the vineyards and explain them the different production processes. At the city’s south, there is an exceptionally fertile area that hosts wine and organic sparkling wine producers.

 

In the City, an important museum tells wine-making history in San Juan: the Santiago Graffigna Museum. Owned by the winery with the same name, it is a space to learn about the history of one of the pioneer families in the province’s wine-making production: the Graffigna family. The collection includes farming objects from 1870 and some personal belongings of the winery’s founder: the Italian immigrant Santiago Graffigna. The room with oak casks –centenary and gigantic- is really impressive.

San Juan’s capital city also offers an interesting social and cultural offer. In the province interior, there is a multiplicity of natural attractions and proposals related to adventure tourism, thermal spas, astronomic observation (at El Leoncito National Park) and sport fishing. At the Northeast, Ischigualasto Provincial Natural Park –also known as the “Moon Valley” and declared Mankind’s Heritage- is a fascinating place apart from being an obliged visit during your stay at the Syrah’s land.

 

At about 105 miles from Mendoza, San Juan receives regular flights -mainly from Buenos Aires city (at 687 miles).

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