By Joanna Marracelli

[Laurent Lhomond]

[Laurent Lhomond]

Who doesn’t love a great wine?  Especially when discovering the lesser known varieties which are sometimes better than the more known grapes.  When most people think of wines from Argentina, they immediately think of the lovely Malbec.  But Argentina has more to offer than just this red grape.  The north of Argentina is home to one of the most beautiful wine regions in the country, Cafayate, and its shining star is actually a white grape, the Torrontés.  What the Malbec grape has done for Mendoza, Torrontés is doing for Cafayate.  Malbec grapes flourish here too, including some nice high altitude versions but if you want something different, the one to try is Torrontés.
Cafayate is located in the province of Salta, Argentina and lay about 100 miles south of Salta city. With a population of 12,000 people, it’s really more of a big village than an actual city. It’s a great place to sample various vineyards (called bodegas in these parts) due to the small size and easy access, as most of the bodegas are located in or just around the city.  The valley is extraordinary with red rocks that seem to change colors with each passing hour and deeply contrast the greenery of the vines.