I always equated Argentina with Malbecs, which are among my favorite red wines.
It wasn´t until I rolled into Cafayate that I became aware of Torrontés – the other white meat of Argentina. These grapes thrive in the dry, windy landscape of northwest Argentina and produce a fruity, slightly dry white wine.
Our small international contingent (myself, Shaun/Georgina of Australia and John-Henry/Mary of South Africa) rented a car to make the 3-hour drive from Salta to Cafayate. A twisty road took us through some breathtaking scenery:
By the time we reached Cafayate, we were ready to get our wine on, and visited two bodegas — or wineries: Etchart, a international giant and Nanni, a small, organic operation. Both served up reds and whites, but the focus was on the Torrontés.
The next day we traveled to Las Nubas winery, where we came away with a few more bottles and soaked in the peaceful vibe that most wineries seem to have.