Any dusty road in Cafayate will take you to a bodega (winery) open to the public for tours and wine sampling. Cafayate’s dry climate, high altitude, hot days and cool nights makes it a prime location for wine production.
Cafayate is most famous for its Torrontés grape, used to create a lovely dry, fruity white wine. This particular provincial wine has received a great deal of global praise, earning it the notable title of, ‘the white wine of Argentina.’
There are a handful of bodegas to choose from, many in relatively close proximity to Cafayate’s main plaza. Ambitious wine connoisseurs could certainly visit all of them in one day, but should plan on a brutal hangover the next morning.
Bodega El Esteco
Route 40 at Route 68
Tel : (03868) 421-283
Cell: (03868) 15 566-019
Bodega El Esteco is a high-end vineyard founded in 1892 by two French brothers. El Esteco has a variety of tour options from one-hour to six-hour tours. El Esteco also has a luxury hotel and spa set in a grand colonial building for those who feel like splurging. Tours daily, English tours are also available upon request.
El Divisadero (at the foot of El Cajón)
Tel: (03868) 422-129
Bodega Las Nubes is a lovely choice for a vineyard tour. A tour is AR$15 or free with the purchase of a bottle of wine. This small organic vineyard is located about five kilometers from the town center, but Las Nubes’ exceptional scenery makes this a worthwhile stop. Sometimes a charming lunch service is available upon advanced email requests.
Tel: (03868) 421-527
A popular organically certified and sustainable vineyard that offers wine tours.
Ruta 40 -CP 4427
Tel: (03868) 421-850
Vasijas Secreta, Cafayate’s oldest vineyard, offers free one-hour tours and wine tasting. There is also an interesting museum displaying old-fashioned wine making equipment and old black and white photos.
Michel Torino/Bodega La Rosa
Route 40 at Route 68/ 3km outside Cafayate (4427)
Bodega La Rosa is another popular winery founded in 1892, most famous internationally for its ‘Michael Torino’ Torrontés. It offers free tours in Spanish from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. , Monday through Friday.
Museo de Vitivinicultura
Güemes Sur at Colon
Tel: (03868) 421-125
• Hours: Mon-Fri: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. & 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Not a winery but for more information on Cafayate’s wine history and culture, visit the Museo de Vitivinicultura, a museum on grape growing and wine production.
Check out the hotels in Cafayate.