Top 100 red wines of Salta

Discover the top 100 best red wines of Salta as well as the best winemakers in the region. Explore the varietals of the red 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: Merlot

Merlot noir is a grape variety that originated in France (Bordeaux). It produces a variety of grape specially used for wine making. It is rare to find this grape to eat on our tables. This variety of grape is characterized by small to medium sized bunches, and medium sized grapes. Merlot noir can be found in many vineyards: South West, Languedoc & Roussillon, Cognac, Bordeaux, Loire Valley, Armagnac, Burgundy, Jura, Champagne, Rhone Valley, Beaujolais, Provence & Corsica, Savoie & Bugey.

Food and wine pairing with a red wine of Salta

red wines from the region of Salta go well with generally quite well with dishes of beef, lamb or poultry such as recipes of tonkinese soup (vietnam), korean style chops or wild asparagus omelette.

Organoleptic analysis of red wine of Salta

On the nose in the region of Salta often reveals types of flavors of cherry, perfume or dried herbs and sometimes also flavors of tree fruit, oil or pomegranate. In the mouth in the region of Salta is a powerful.

News from the vineyard of Salta

Port and Sherry importers incensed by UK duty tax plans

Prices on Port and Sherry could increase by around 13% in the UK if the government presses ahead with its duty tax reform as planned, according to industry leaders. Producers and merchants have been left incensed by the plans, said the Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) today (9 December), following a meeting with members connected to fortified wine. ‘If you like a glass of Port or Sherry at Christmas we suggest you make the most of it this year [because] it might be priced out of your C ...

Column: Christmas Day drinks – a ‘real-world’ guide

Christmas, famously, is not about religion any more. But as a Decanter reader, you’ll also know that it’s not about giving, family or food either. No, it’s about drink. The one time of year when we get to open the good stuff without anyone questioning what we’re doing. And of course, there’s no shortage of advice as to what form those bottles should take. Every year, hacks in newspapers, magazines and websites tell us how to make the big day go with a bang. But these don’t correspond with the re ...

‘Historical Super Tuscan’ producers unite under new association

Sixteen founding members launched the new ‘historical’ SuperTuscan wine committee in Florence last week. Paolo Panerai, of Castellare di Castellina, is president of the newly formed Comitato Historical Super Tuscans, with Davide Profeti, of San Felice, as vice-president. Piero Antinori, whose Tignanello and Solaia are some of the best-known SuperTuscans, is the committee’s honorary founder. The association has set its headquarters in Castelnuovo Berardenga, near Siena, and its foundi ...