Cafayate is the heart of the wine route from Salta. A sandy soil, always sunny days and cool nights make it the ideal environment for Torrontes grapes, Salta’s variety par excellence.
If traveling to Cafayate it is essential to visit at least one of the bodegas. Here we offer you a list of the most well known ones:
El Porvenir is a family winery and promotes the luxury of thinking long-term for the generations to come and respect for the environment. This charming and elegant winery in the heart of Cafayate is open for tastings by appointment to introduce wine lovers to the premium wines they produce and export. Sit in the tasting room or move around the historic adobe walled courtyard. Inside the walls of the winery you find state of the art equipment combining with traditional winemaking skills to produce internationally recognized and award winning wines.
El Esteco Winery:
It is one of the first wineries in Cafayate. It was created in 1893 as La Rosa Bodega by. the Torino family to whom it belonged until 1994 when it became the property of Felix Lavaque who, shortly after, sold it to a Swiss group. Since then, under the name of El Esteco, it is dedicated to producing only premium wines. The entrance to the estate and the colonial-style building are stunning. They offer guided tours with bilingual guides and tasting. A little pearl: During special visits, the old cellar of the colonial era, with its original floors and walls, can be visited. Adjacent to the winery is Patios de Cafayate, a boutique hotel of elegant, Colonial design, with 30 rooms, restaurant, and a spa offering grape-based therapies and its derivatives.
Bodega Colomé is the realization of a dream of Donald Hess: to make wines in the highest vineyards in the world. Malbec grapes from four different altitudes are grown here. The winery is part of Hess Family Wine Estates, a family business of Swiss origin with wineries in the United States and Argentina. Located in a remote andbreathtaking location, the hardy traveler will find these world class vineyards and wines, an elegant and exclusive resort and the James Turrell Museum. A delightful and surprising addition.
This historic bodega is two blocks from the main square of charming Cafayate. It was founded in 1897 and now 4 generations of the same family have been producing wines. A few years ago it became the first winery to certify its wines as organic. The commercial brands are Arcanus and Nannis. Offering tastings daily or lunch in the courtyard restaurant where you can watch the winemaking process from your table.
At the end of the 19th century, José Fortunato Lavaque arrived in Buenos Aires from Lebanon, and immediately began to search for what would be his final destination. It was then when, seduced by the unique landscape of the valley, he settled in Cafayate, which was the most prosperous town in the province of Salta. And soon after, he began operating his own winery, producing about 1,500 hectoliters of wine per year.
The family business continued to operate throughout the next century, and in the 1980s, Rodolfo Lavaque, of the fourth generation, took charge of the winery.
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