The best wineries to visit in Argentina

Argentina’s wines are among the most highly regarded in the world and tours of the various wineries that produce them are a big attraction not only because visitors learn about the process of making the award-winning wines, but also because they have the opportunity to enjoy the extraordinary countryside of this wonderful South American destination.

The regions that produce the best wines are Mendoza, Salta and Catamarca, La Rioja, San Juan and Sur Argentino. Here are five prominent wineries that offer tours to their visitors:

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Zuccardi Uco Valley

This house produces internationally awarded wines. Its cellar is the largest in South America and was awarded as the best in the world in 2021. The Zuccardi family, owners of the factory, produce wines of the highest quality standards with the help of experts agriculture and wine. They have a research and development space dedicated to the study of terroir and the variables that affect wine quality. According to the owner of the factory, the important thing is not to look for perfect wines, but those that express the region where they are made.

Visitors can visit the different spaces of the winery and enjoy the experience of visiting the vineyards to discover the characteristics and particularities of the different soils that give identity to these award-winning Argentine wines. Visitors must book to get a place on the tour and also for the product tastings.

Catena Zapata

Founded in 1902 in the province of Mendoza, the Bodega Catena Zapata is at the origin of the resurgence of the Malbec grape variety and the discovery of the terroirs of extreme altitude at the foot of the Andes. Its Adrianna vineyard, located nearly 5,000 feet above sea level, is considered the Grand Cru of South America for its wines of exceptional quality.

When visiting this extraordinary winery, tourists can taste three types of wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Chardonnay. The visits are carried out by specialized guides in small groups. It is recommended to reserve a date and time in advance, which can be done via the Internet.

coloma

Colome has been producing wines since 1831 and is located in the Calchaquíes Valleys (Salta-Catamarca). It is the oldest in Argentina and is characterized by the conservation of natural resources through environmentally friendly practices in its production processes. Its wines, of the emblematic Malbec and Torrontés grape varieties, have unique characteristics that make them a favorite of connoisseurs.


The Argentine soil makes it a privileged place for the cultivation of the grapes with which the best wines in the world are produced.  (Photo via Rostislav_Sedlacek/iStock/Getty Images Plus).
The Argentine soil makes it a privileged place for the cultivation of the grapes with which the best wines in the world are produced. (Photo via Rostislav_Sedlacek/iStock/Getty Images Plus).

The tour, by prior reservation, includes visits to the vineyards, private or group tastings, as well as a visit to the art collection of the James Turrell Museum. Tastings include high altitude wines which can be paired with a restaurant lunch to create a complete experience. In addition, visitors can stay at Estancia Colomé, a boutique hotel located between lavender gardens and vineyards. This place has nine rooms with private balconies to enjoy the beautiful landscape.

Salento in the Uro Valley

This wine producer is located in the heart of the province of Mendoza, a sandy region with a dry climate, hot days and cool nights. Its production is based on European artisanal techniques combined with cutting-edge technology.

It has stone-floored underground cellars where its wines are aged in French oak barrels of 225 liters each. It has three tasting rooms located on the same level as the cellars, with stone tables and rubble. Its impressive Sala Primus is unique in Argentina and contains 12 French oak barrels equipped with controlled refrigeration systems where it is made, only with harvests where the fruit is of exceptional quality.

Tourists can book to enjoy their wine experience with guided group tours that include vineyards, production areas, underground cava and a tasting of four wines from the cellar. Visitors can also make reservations at the Espacio Salentein restaurant and enjoy its various menus.


Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Chardonnay are some of the great wines produced by Argentina.  (Photo via Brunomsbarreto).
Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Chardonnay are some of the great wines produced by Argentina. (Photo via Brunomsbarreto).

The Enemigo

This winery, located in Maipú, Mendoza, was created to rescue some of the forgotten traditional techniques of Argentine viticulture. The visitor can visit the underground cellars where the barrels are housed, and in addition to tasting the wines, he has the opportunity to enjoy a unique gastronomy, with family recipes based on organic products from their garden. All this in an environment surrounded by original paintings and sculptures.

Visitors can visit vineyards and rooms that make up the front yard of the winery created based on Dante’s Divine Comedy, so tourists can visit Infierno, which is the barrel cellar with its different levels until they reach paradise, which is the Restaurant at Casa Vigil which offers an excellent four-stop lunch paired with award-winning wines.

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