Alejandro Iglesias plans the perfect day in Salta...
Breakfast outdoors at Patios de Cafayate to set you up for an intense day of winery visits. Then start the day with a visit to the De las Conchas ravine, and a walking tour of these geological formations located just a 15-minute drive from town. It’s ideal to use a local guide.
On the way back from the ravine, just before noon, take a detour to visit the Yacochuya winery. The tasting and the walk among the vines will take around one hour, leaving enough time afterwards to grab lunch at Bodega Piatelli, halfway up the road back to Cafayate town. Enjoy the delicious grilled meats and empanadas – and the panoramic views.
Once back in town, stop at the traditional Bodega El Esteco, located next door to the hotel, and its vineyards. Here you can ride on the bikes offered by the hotel to its guests to the town’s centre. Two hours will be enough time to visit small wineries such as El Porvenir de Cafayate or Nanni, and to stop at the local wine museum, Museo de la Vid y el Vino, for its virtual tour.
Evening and overnight
Before dinner, a brief pause in the central square where the locals usually meet is a must. Visit the craft market and shops selling regional products. It’s a short taxi ride from the square to dinner at the Grace Hotel. This is Cafayate dining at its finest, with a high-end menu featuring Andean flavours and local ingredients.
Alejandro Iglesias is a sommelier, wine writer and educator who co-founded the Argentinian wine app Vinomanos.