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Exceptional meat must be served with excellent wine, and it happens to be that Argentina supplies very well these two products. This country has a wide range of grapevines, some native others imported. Since Argentina has a great extent of territory and hence all kinds of climates and soil, major grapevines can be cultivated here. Locals and tourist enjoy taking a wine tour within a specific region of vineyards. I can recommend Mendoza for those who like historic but also industrialized vineyard and Cafayate for a more rural adventure.
There are a lot of vineyards spread out in the country, but in my opinion, these are the top regions that produce outstanding wine in Argentina:
Mendoza province is quantitatively the most important one as it relates to production of Argentine wines. The grape variety produced here includes Malbec, Bonarda, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Among the highlighted white grapes are: Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and especially Torrontés.
Neuquen is a recently added region of wine production. It has achieved very good quality, especially in Pinot Noir and Merlot vines grown in San Patricio del Chañar. A glass of rose wine, which is a blend of Malbec vines cuts and Merlot, is a must!
This area is the second largest producer of wine in Argentina and one of the biggest exporter worldwide. You definitely should pass by Tulum Valley and take home an exquisite Syrah wine from one of the vineyards.
Here you can taste the most delightful Torrontes white wine. Last year I did a wine tour in the Calchaquí Valley and it is 100% recommendable. Not only will you see amazing landscapes like Cuesta del Obispo and Quebrada de las Conchas but also drink artisanal wine in Cachi.
If you are traveling to Argentina you don’t need a visa if you are staying for less than 90 days but you need to pay the Argentina Reciprocity Fee.