The Southern part of the Inca civilization once ruled where Camino del Inca's estate vineyards are now located in Cafayate, Salta. Salta is in the extreme northwest of Argentina and boasts the highest vineyards in the world (over 6,000 feet above sea level), which results in a day-to-night temperature difference of over 50F, creating extremely concentrated and flavorful grapes. The unique terroir is high desert with poor, sandy soils, perfect for growing Tannat, Malbec, Syrah and Torrontés. The winemakers are Paul Hobbs and Mariano Quiroga Adamo, the vineyard manager is Marcelo Casazza, and the owners and managers are the Romero family. View all Camino del Inca Wines
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Notable FactsUnlike its Chilean neighbor, Argentina's vineyards are spread out around the country. The best known region is Mendoza, almost parallel to Santiago to the west. Mendoza contains the sub-regions of Maipu (pronounced MY-pu) and San Rafael. Grape-wise, the most important white is Chardonnay, making wine similar to California's style on the variety. Another fun white grape to try is Torrontes. Almost only grown in Argentina, Torrontes makes wines that are crisp, aromatic and easy-drinking. Some of the best versions of this wine come from the northern region of Salta, with very high altitude vineyards. As for the reds, Cabernet Sauvignon is the main grape for many wines leaving the country, but Malbec, the grape Argentinians like to call their own, makes very distinctive wines that are structured, dense and velvety. Many more varieties happily grow in the country, but for export, and consistent quality, these are the primary grapes.
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Young, organically farmed Carmenère at Chile's De Martino estate vineyard