Malbec, Malbec and some Torrontes
Cafayate Travel Blog› entry 26 of 134 › view all entries
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.
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 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.
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!