CULTURE: CAFAYATE, ARGENTINA – “Undiscovered Wine Region”

Enchanting Travels guest writer Rhonda Ainsworth and her daughter traveled to Argentina, stopping for a night in Cafayate to experience the renowned Argentine wines. Photo (c) Enchanting Travels 2017Enchanting Travels guest writer Rhonda Ainsworth and her daughter traveled to Argentina, stopping for a night in Cafayate to experience the renowned Argentine wines. Photo (c) Enchanting Travels 2017

Enchanting Travels guest writer Rhonda Ainsworth and her daughter traveled to Argentina, stopping for a night in Cafayate to experience the renowned Argentine wines.

Beautiful Cafayate is a three-hour drive along the scenic Quebrada de las Conchas, “Gorge of the Sea Shells.”

Driving into the small town, one is struck by the beauty of the surrounding hills. The hotel, Patios de Cafayate, is a converted estancia with gorgeous views and plenty of old world charm. The working winery of Bodega El Esteco de Cafayate is just next door.

Photo (c) Enchanting Travels 2017

Photo (c) Enchanting Travels 2017

The highlight of our stay was the special degustation set up by the hotel, to sample the “young, fresh, and fruity wines” of El Esteco.

Led by the chief vintner, Carolina, we enjoyed tasting six wines, including the Don David and Ciclos brands, along with local cheeses, oranges, figs and nuts.

We absolutely loved the whites but enjoyed the reds just as much! It was quite wonderful to learn about the art of high altitude wine making from a master vintner.

Photo (c) Enchanting Travels 2017

Photo (c) Enchanting Travels 2017

Our guide also planned stops at two other wineries. We thoroughly enjoyed the tours in Bodega Nanni – a fourth generation organic winery, and Bodega El Transito – a newer, more modern facility.

Our return trip, marked with visits to llamas, a local restaurant with delicious cheeses, gauchos riding horseback, and stunning views, was a wonderful end to our magical time in northwest Argentina.

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