Argentina’s second center for quality wine production, Cafayate is a popular tourist destination but still has a tranquil small-town feel. It’s a spectacularly scenic place, with the green of the vines backed by the soaring mountains beyond, and is one of northwest Argentina’s most seductive destinations. It’s easily reached from Salta via the tortured rockscapes of the Quebrada de Cafayate; it’s also the southern terminus of the Valles Calchaquíes route. With a selection of excellent accommodations for every budget, and several wineries to visit in and around town, it invites laying up for a while to explore the surrounding area. Also, check out the excellent artesanía.
Cafayate is famous for its torrontés, a grape producing aromatic dry white wine, but the bodegas hereabouts also produce some fine reds from cabernet sauvignon, malbec and tannat.