The wineries of Cafayate open their gates to lovers of good wine offering their grapes to all visitors. A great time to taste the various specialties and take home some top quality wine.
Everything lies close in Cafayate. There are several options on the way to the Province of Tucumán and towards the City of Salta. Likewise, the wineries located downtown offer visitors the chance to taste their best varietals as they enhance their knowledge about winemaking.
As part of the Wine Route, we resolved to visit three wineries close to the main square: Bodegas Nanni, Bodegas El Tránsito and Bodegas Domingo Hermanos.
At the beginning of our wine tour, a huge barrel-shaped entrance welcomed us at Nanni Winery into a large inner yard surrounded by galleries built in colonial style. We passed onto the tasting room, where we became familiar with the labels as we waited for our guided tour to start immersed in a wooden decoration.
With the perfume of Salta vineyards
A huge barrel-shaped
El Tránsito Winery
Exceptional assistance provided in Cafayate
Domingo Hermanos Winery
Some posters and documents certified that the winery activities began in 1897, it has been run by the founding family for over a century and it has produced outstanding wine for four generations. Its vineyards are located 10 kilometers from the center of the city and 2,000 meters above sea level.
Plenty of sunshine, winds that keep insects away from the plantations and very low rainfall regimes are some of the features that produce organic wines in the heights. Today, 100% of this winery’s production is certified as organic and varieties include torrontés, malbec, cabernet sauvignon and tannat.
The next step is the press and a second fermentation stage that lowers the acidity levels. It is at this point when enologists decide which wines will continue the process as young wines and which ones will be age-worthy wines. The former are bottled and wait to be sold. The latter are stored in French oak casks at low temperature for a while. Then they are bottled and stored again to stabilize the flavors managed. All the process combines natural methods with modern technology.
The wines obtained are referred to as organic as they are managed through a rational use of the soil, avoiding the utilization of chemical components and agricultural chemical substances and without humidity which might produce fungi. They represent a healthy product for man and the environment. Nanni is considered a boutique winery. 60% of the production remains in the province and the rest is exported.
Young but Traditional
Our next destination was El Tránsito Winery: its family history dates back to Pietro Marini’s arrival from Italy in the late XIX century. Many of its labels pay homage to the members of the family who turned this winery into an indelible entity. Its reserve wine called Pedro Moisés, with its best red grapes, honors a man who followed his father’s steps -don Pietro- and perpetuates family tradition.
Like in the previous venue, we also took a tour around the facilities, but in this case, we learned about the language used among lovers of good wine. Talking about bouquet, body or vivacity; perceiving wine with the eyes, through the aroma and then appreciating its body. Each variety promises a wide range of sensations.
While tasting, without any haste, we got our senses ready for a better appreciation of the qualities of each wine. Everything from the glass chosen to the ideal temperature and circumstances to drink each varietal provided the essential guidelines towards good drinking.
Three Vineyards, Four Grapes, Two Awards
A little farther away form the main square, Domingo Hermanos Winery welcomes visitors eager to try their specialties. Providing excellent assistance as we tasted the torrontés and cabernet varietals, we learned that their vineyards lie at Tolombón, Yacochuya and Las Flechas.
As a young family winery, their first products included wine by the liter in large bottles called damajuanas that remain still today and are very well-known. In the last few years, they have produced high quality wine they show off proudly. Palo Domingo is a malbec variety produced 100% with grapes grown in terraces in their vineyard in Yacochuya and it has already been granted awards.
Its varietals become adapted to an increasingly demanding market. A visit to their vineyards is still a pending matter. According to what we heard, they offer the possibility of taking tours and appreciating the various kinds of grapes produced according to the type of soil where they are nestled.
On our way back to the hotel, we felt our tour around the wineries had been completely satisfactory, as each of them gave us a different sensation. In spite of being located in Cafayate, they all have a differentiated product to offer. And all of them are extraordinary.
Mónica Pons Eduardo Epifanio
Contact of the excursion or tour
Bodega y Viñedos Nanni S.A.
Silverio Chavarría 151 (4427) Cafayate, Salta
Tel: +54 3868-421527
Bodega El Tránsito
Belgrano 102 y Silverio Chavarría (4427) Cafayate, Salta
Tel: +54 3868-422385
Ntra. Sra. del Rosario 132 (4427) Cafayate, Salta
Tel: +54 3868-421470
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