Argentina: Cafayate Valley Vineyard Landscape

The remote Cafayate Valley in the northern Argentina is famous for being second largest wine-producing region in the country. The Cafayete Valley boasts some of the highest elevation vineyards in the world – the lowest of these are planted at 1650m/5,413ft and rising to nearly 2000m/over 6,000ft – seemingly impossible heights for viticulture. The vines that survive and thrive at these elevation have thick-skinned grapes that are low-yielding but extra aromatic. The valley is famous for the white Torrontes wine, grown only here. Other varietals that love elevation are the reds Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. The scenery is absolute stunning – vineyards in all directions with plenty of bodegas and Andes rising in the background.