Malbec, Malbec and some Torrontes

Cafayate Travel Blog

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Malbec .... lots of Malbec!

This is probably one of my favourite places in Latin America to date.  Cafayate, a wine making region in the heart of the Andes and a dry dessert like land 2,500masl.  A strange place for beautiful wineries but there you go!  We took the spectacular route 40 through Cachi where we stopped for a very civilised breakfast on the way to Cafayate.  After a Gaucho rode through town and we took some gorgeous shots of the town we set off once more.  On the twisting, winding, gravel path that is said to be a road we crossed mountains, valleys and breathtaking scenary of the Quebradas around the area.  On the way we were stopped in our tracks by 5 Condors who nearly took the roof off the car.

Cycling around the wineries ... a hard life as a traveller!
  Seeing one that close was mind blowing and unfortunately my camera wasn´t quick enough to capture them before they were gone .... but seeing them that close will always stay with me.  Wow!

We then managed to find Colome.  The best winery in Argentina!  After paying our 30 pesos, equivalent of around 5GBP, we spent the afternoon learning how the process works.  Harvesting the grapes, sorting them, storing them in American or French oak barrels after a process of cooling the grapes. Then we had the chance to taste 4 wines.  I wish i could say that i channelled Jilly Goolden´s tatse buds, but my own were good enough and the wine was outstanding!  They also make one for Marks and Spencer so if you have the time swing by and check out "Colomin Tannat", pop the cork, sit back and think of me! We finally made it to Cafayate around 8pm at night.

The first of many!
  A glorious little town with a cute main square and 4 blocks of Bodegas for us to explore.  We went for a "quiet dinner" with Mario at Boca where the food was devine and the wine flowed from 1 bottle to 4 bottles (see i told you it did that!).  A very lovely night and day and then we said a drunken goodbye to Mario to continue our wine tour the next day alone whilst he went back to Salta.  Really interesting character and nice to have a dad for a while whilst i´m so far away from my own.

The next two days Maggie and I spent in a blaze of glory.  We hired bicycles and cycled around 9 Bodegas for tours, wine tastings and general silliness.  Let´s just say the Dutch girl was probably more proficient on the bike than I after a few glasses of wine.

La Casa De Empànadas ... yum!
  Nanni was one of my fvaourite places, a small organic boutique like Bodega that produces wine just for the region and under 5,000 bottles of wine a year.  Colome is nearly 1 million! After all that wine drinking and cycling we discovered La Casa de Empanadas which is the best empanada place ever - Goats cheese, tomaot and basil or would you prefer carrots, courgettes, aubergine and tomato madam?  Lovely!!!! After 6 of those and a glass of wine we were ready for bed!

The next day we spent working with children in a local school.  The joy of good wine is that there is no hangover! We spent a lovely 2 hours in the local primary school taking photos of the kids thanks to Maggiés fluency in Spanish.  They were having "Birthday Day" where all the kid´s who had birthdays in the past 6 months celebrate their birthday so they had a bouncy castle and no work.  It was chaos but very funny and the kids were gorgeous! After all that work we went to one last Bodega to say Adios to Cafayate ... well you have to end as well as you began!

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Malbec .... lots of Malbec!
Malbec .... lots of Malbec!
Cycling around the wineries ... a …
Cycling around the wineries ... a…
The first of many!
The first of many!
La Casa De Empànadas ... yum!
La Casa De Empànadas ... yum!
Beautiful Cafayate
Beautiful Cafayate
Some other wine just to prove i dr…
Some other wine just to prove i d…
Saluddddddd!  Colome winery
Saluddddddd! Colome winery
Nanni
Nanni
El Esteco
El Esteco
Malbec ... sigh!
Malbec ... sigh!
After a day of wine tasting you ne…
After a day of wine tasting you n…
Our class .... how cute!
Our class .... how cute!
The sweetest girl ever, could eat …
The sweetest girl ever, could eat…
How cute?
How cute?
The last winery at 11am!
The last winery at 11am!
Cafayate Hostels review
Good clean hostal with helpful staff and good hot showers. Good central location and comfy beds.
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