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Top Choice Winery in San Juan

Las Marianas

One of the prettiest wineries in the region, this one was built in 1922, abandoned in 1950 and reinstated in 1999. The main building is gorgeous, with thick adobe walls and a few examples of the original winemaking …
Top Choice Bar in San Juan

Flores Art Bar

Granted, there's little to no competition, but this labyrinthine bar would qualify as cool in Buenos Aires or Mexico City – it is evocative of the latter with its tile work and pastel colors. Old American rock memor…
Shrine in San Juan

Shrine of Difunta Correa

Since the 1940s, this shrine, once a simple cross, has metastasized into a village with basic hotels, restaurants and shops, all dedicated to the legend of Difunta Correa. The story goes that during the civil wars o…
Museum in San Juan

Museo de Vino Santiago Graffigna

Museo de Vino Santiago Graffigna is a wine museum housed in a handsome brick building, a reconstruction of what the winery looked like before the 1944 quake. It also has a wine bar where you can taste many of San Ju…
Museum in San Juan

Casa Natal de Sarmiento

Casa Natal de Sarmiento is named for Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, whose prolific writing as a politician, diplomat, educator and journalist made him a public figure within and beyond Argentina. Sarmiento’s Recuerdos …
Cultural in San Juan

Fiesta Nacional del Sol

San Juan comes alive the last weekend in February with four nights of singing and dancing exhibitions and parading beauty queens elected from surrounding provinces. The final-night espectáculo (show) involving the s…
Vegetarian in San Juan

Soychú

Vegetarians rejoice! This simple restaurant – attached to a health-food store selling all sorts of groceries and a range of teas – has an excellent buffet with a wide range of tasty fare. Arrive early for the best s…
Winery in San Juan

Fabril Alto Verde

The Fabril Alto Verde is a big, state-of-the-art winery that sells 90% of its wine for export; tours are in English or Spanish and come accompanied by a rather dreary promotional video. The award-winning organic bra…
Winery in San Juan

Champañera Miguel Mas

This small winery makes some of the country’s only organic sparkling wine, as well as other varieties. The whole process – apart from inserting the cork in bottles – is done by hand. Tours (in Spanish only) take you…
Winery in San Juan

Viñas de Segisa

This stately old winery has a museum feel. The tour of the underground cellar complex is excellent and tastings are generous. This is one of the few wineries who actually admit to ‘chipping’ (adding oak chips to you…