Guide to Cafayate, Argentina: 5 Must Do’s When Wine Tasting in Cafayate
April 21st, 2015 Chelsea Dinsmore
Wine country and I are a match made in heaven... So it is no wonder that I seek out a visit to wine country whenever and wherever I have the opportunity. We did our first Argentinean wine tasting in the small town of Cafayate, about 2 hours outside of Salta. Here's a simple guide for if and when you visit!
CAFAYATE TRAVEL GUIDE
1. Stay at Hotel Patios de CafayateThis hotel was recommended by a friend and it was honestly one of the most amazing places I've ever stayed, for a very reasonable price! The hotel has a beautiful pool, a great selection of wine, llamas on site and views over looking the vineyards. And it's also super close to many wineries and to the main square in town (you can walk or bike to wineries and town). Very well worth it!
2. Have lunch overlooking the valley at Piattelli VineyardsAlso suggested by a friend, we visited this winery for a tour and lunch. We tried to order a glass of rose with lunch, knowing we had our tour and tasting coming up but the bottle was cheaper than two glasses, so.... a bottle it was. The view is gorgeous, the food is delicious and if it wasn't for the tasting it would't be unreasonable to sit there all afternoon!
The tasting includes a tour where you learn about all the region + about 5 wines. We were definitely happy campers after our lunch, rose + tasting!
3. Taste at Bodega el EstecoThis winery is actually associated with Hotel Patios de Cafayate so you get a can get some freebies by staying at the hotel, winning! There is a beautiful courtyard in the back that makes you feel like you have stepped back in time. We were lucky enough to be the only ones there so we took our time and enjoyed the silence and tranquility of the beautiful space.
4. Try Torrontes
While Argentina is known for its deep luscious Malbecs, Torrontes is the star of the show in Cafayate. Sometimes Torrontes can be on the sweeter side, but the ones that come from the North are beautifully crisp and dry. It's the perfect way to cool down on a warm summer day!
5. Wander and/or eat dinner in the main square
The main square of Cafayate was surprisingly lively and charming, given that it is such a small town. There was music and dancing, tons of good restaurants and many cute shops to wander through. It's definitely worth a trip away from the hotel for a night to visit the main square.
Time needed: 2-3 days
Day 1: Arrive from Salta, Check into hotel, relax by pool to unwind from the ride, taste at Bodega el Esteco, enjoy dinner at hotel or in town
Day 2: Lunch + tour & tasting at Piatelli, add an additional tasting or return to hotel, enjoy dinner in the square.
Day 3: Return to Salta or next destination OR stick around for more tastings!
Enjoy this guide and please let me know if you have any questions!
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Cartagena, Colombia is a city that left me completely enamored. We spent hours wandering the small charming streets, popping into beautifully decorated patios along the way. Every street is filled with colorful buildings, beautiful balconies and most importantly, delicious street food! I simply could not get enough of the fresh fruit, ceviche and arepas. So today I am sharing a few pics from the scenes on the street...
[caption id="attachment_2127" align="aligncenter" width="680"] Fresh Fruit Everywhere![/caption]
[caption id="attachment_2128" align="aligncenter" width="680"] Arepa Carts[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_2129" align="aligncenter" width="680"] Happy Greetings from this Colorful Restaurant[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_2130" align="aligncenter" width="680"] Sipping on Colombian Coffee[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_2131" align="aligncenter" width="680"] Beach Bar in Playa Blanca[/caption]
If you aren't already considering a trip to Cartagena, well... you should! You will not be disappointed!
P.S. Heading to Colombia? Feel free to contact me if you'd like any travel tips!