During your stay in Cafayate you'll want to taste as many of the area's fine wines as possible.
To help you in this rather daunting task, here's a short list of favorite locations offering wine tastings.
In alphabetical order:
Offers tapas along with various tasting “flights” of wines served by the glass. With advance notice Winemaker Agustin Lanus (Bad Brothers, SUNAL and Aguayo wines) will customize private wine tastings for groups from four to sixty in the unique setting of a renovated adobe house just off Cafayate’s main plaza. Inquires at firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by Bad Brothers Wine Experience.
Hours: Open 7 nights a week from 6:30 pm to Midnight. Lunch served 12:00 pm to 3:30 pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Costs: Flights range in price from ARS 100 pesos to ARS 200. Cost of custom wine tastings depend on the level and number of wines selected for the tastings.
Owned by the Pena Flora conglomerate, is one of the largest wineries in Cafayate. They offers some excellent wines, including the Don David Torrontes, one of our favorites in the valley. For reds, try their Ciclos Malbec/Merlot blend.
Hours: Monday to Friday, with tours at 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm, 4:30 pm, 5:30 pm, 6:30 pm. Saturday, Sunday and Holidays: tours at 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm.
Cost: ARS 125 (2 wines included)
Local knowledge: Attached to the Esteco Winery is the Patios de Cafayate Hotel, an old converted estancia house with luxurious accommodations and a lovely old world ambiance. Enjoy lunch on the back patio of a nice steak and salad with a glass of the Bodega Esteco Ciclos Blend.
The Domingo family is one of the leading families of Cafayate winemaking. The Bodega Domingo Hermanos, located an easy walk from the town’s main plaza, is one of the most popular local wine tasting operations.
The Domingo family also operate Bodega Domingo Molinos, which focuses on smaller production premium wines about a 15 minute drive up the mountainside outside of town.
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, then 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm. Sundays and Holidays: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.
Cost: Wine Tastings cost ARS 40 pesos per person.
Hours: Seven days a week, 10 am to 5 pm, though reservations are recommended.
Cost: Wine Tastings cost ARS 130 pesos per person.
Another of the valley’s prominent first families of wine, Bodega Nanni offers a variety of wine styles, including Malbec, Bonarda, Tannat, Torrontes and their premium blend, Arcanas, a favorite.
Hours: Open every day, from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 15:00 to 18:00.
Cost: Wine tours are free, with tastings of four wines available from 40 pesos to 70 pesos, depending on the vintage.
Local knowledge: The Bodega offers a ‘hidden’ restaurant in the courtyard with a variety of regional dishes.
Piattelli is one of the Mendoza wine makers which have expanded their operations into Cafayate in order to take advantage of the unique terroirs offered in the valley. This stunning winery on the hill overlooking Cafayate is the creation of Piattelli’s owners, Jon and Arlene Malinski and a “must-visit” for any wine enthusiast. Go for the wine tour, stay for lunch with the best views of any restaurant in Cafayate.
Hours: Sun – Sat 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm (lunch service only). Wine tours available 7 days a week with tours at 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm, 5 pm and 6 pm.
Cost: 100 to 150 pesos depending on the level of the wine.
Owned by the Romero family (Dr. Juan Carlos Romero is a former governor of Salta province), El Porvenir is known for its premium Laborum line of wines. They have a beautiful tasting room located within the pueblo of Cafayate.
Hours: Wednesday to Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Sunday and Monday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
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Local knowledge: El Porvenir offers lunch at a classic private estancia house within walking distance of the main square. Inquire at El Porvenir for details.
The Etchart family is another of the founding families of the Cafayate wine business, and Yacochuya is their crown jewel. Tucked high on the slopes overlooking Cafayate (when you get to the entrance of Piattelli, keep on going up), the small bodega specializes in a rich Malbec created by renowned French winemaker Michel Rolland, a regular visitor to Cafayate.
Hours: Monday to Friday from 10 am to 5 pm. Saturday = From 10 am to 1 pm Sundays, Closed
Cost: Wine tastings of the premium Yacochuya Torrontes and a Malbec/Cabernet = ARS 260 pesos Tastings of Coquena brand Torrontes, Rose & Malbec = ARS 150 pesos For all wines = ARS 380 pesos
For those staying longer in Cafayate with time to explore additional local bodegas, here are more with tasting operations.
Monday to Friday = From 9:30 am to 1 pm & From 2:30 pm to 4 pm. Saturday, Sunday and Holidays = From 9:30 a m to 1 pm.
Wine Tasting no charge and if you open a special wine you like to try, they open the bottle and you can take it.
From Monday to Sundays, from 9 am to 7 pm (last visit 6:30 pm) Wine Tasting = ARS 10 pesos (2 wines)
Monday to Sundays from 9 am to 12:30 pm & from 3 pm to 6:30 pm
Wine tasting = ARS 20 pesos per person (3 wines)
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