Top 100 wines of Salta

Discover the top 100 best wines of Salta as well as the best winemakers in the region. Explore the varietals of the wines that are popular in Salta and the best vintages to taste in this region.

Discovering the wine region of Salta

Salta, in the far North of Argentina, is home to some of the world's most extreme Vineyard sites. As is the case in Catamarca to the South and Jujuy to the northwest, Salta's vineyards are often located amid mountainous terrain with some reaching altitudes of just over 3,000 meters (9840ft) above sea level. The viticultural area is mainly concentrated to Cafayate of the Calchaqui Valley. Argentina's signature Grape varieties of Torrontes and Malbec are Salta's top performers, producing Bright, intensely flavored wines.

Mulitple vineyards of the Salta region sit at lower latitudes and higher altitudes than anywhere else on earth. Interestingly, these two factors Balance each other out to create an excellent Climate for viticulture as the cold temperatures associated with high altitude are mitigated by the high temperatures found at these latitudes. Salta's mountainous landscape creates a rain shadow over the vineyards below, ensuring Clear skies and low levels of precipitation. Average annual rainfall throughout the region swings between a mere 185 to 250mm (7-10in).

The convenient flipside is that the mountains also provide irrigation, sending a reliable supply of meltwater down from the snowy peaks. This mesoclimate benefits from a wide diurnal temperature variation, which allows the grapes to develop phenolic ripeness while retaining good Acidity. Summer temperatures in Salta reach 38°C (100°F) in the day time, while dropping to as low as 12°C (55°F) at night. Winters here are cold with temperatures reaching -6°C (21°F) which comes with a high threat of damaging frosts.

Discover the grape variety: Terrano

This is a very old grape variety cultivated in particular in the Istria region of Croatia, Slovenia and Italy. It can also be found in the Republic of Macedonia. In France it is almost unknown. It should not be confused with refosco dal peduncolo rosso, it looks somewhat like it, especially since its synonyms are refosco del Carso or refosco d' Istria.

Food and wine pairing with a wine of Salta

wines from the region of Salta go well with generally quite well with dishes of beef, lamb or poultry such as recipes of family potluck, ramadan berber soup (harira) or fried rice noodles with chicken.

Organoleptic analysis of wine of Salta

On the nose in the region of Salta often reveals types of flavors of cherry, clove or sweet tobacco and sometimes also flavors of graphite, cola or anise. In the mouth in the region of Salta is a powerful.

News from the vineyard of Salta

Top Australian winery Giant Steps gets new head winemaker

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