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Sure, Mendoza boasts hundreds of wineries and, yes, it’s one of the world’s best wine destinations. But even the most famous labels can get a little dull sometimes. Here to liven up the wine world are three Mendoza wineries that are mixing things ...
The swirl-and-sip set are flocking to Mendoza. They gather in hotel lobbies wearing sandals and gaucho hats, bound for Catena Zapata’s Mayan pyramid of a winery or a polo match at Cheval des Andes. Nearly a dozen wine-tourism companies are operati...
The week had passed like a fever dream. Perhaps it was the altitude, or the heat from an unfiltered sun. Or maybe this just happens to anyone who tackles an eight-day drive around the province of Salta, in Argentina’s mountainous northwest. In p...
See our slideshow of The World’s Most Spectacular Tasting Rooms. When it comes to tasting rooms, what’s outside your glass is often as important as what’s inside it. “The taste of wine is largely contextual,” says Ray Isle, wine editor for Travel...
Walking through a vineyard in Argentina’s Uco Valley near Mendoza one morning, I ran into Michel Rolland, the world’s most renowned and controversial winemaker. Dressed like a rancher in 501’s, boots, and a button-down shirt, a leather hat shelt...
See our slideshow of the 45 Best New Hotels of 2009. In compiling Travel + Leisure’s fourth annual It List, our editors once again visited hundreds of new hotels around the globe. What makes 2009 different?Properties closer to home really caught ...
Where to Stay The matriarch of Cachi’s upscale hotels is El Molino de Cachi (doubles from $160, including breakfast), where guests stay in loftlike adobe-walled rooms remodeled from former grain-storage spaces. For a resort experience, try La Mer...
The idea of touring wine country was in its infancy three decades ago, as Americans began to discover the joys of the Napa Valley, with its handful of B&B's and restaurants. Today wine tourism has exploded—not only in California, but around the wo...
DAY ONE Salta City to Cachi, north Calchaquíes ValleyDISTANCE 98 miles (allow 3 to 4 hours) Head southwest out of Salta to the Cuesta del Obispo Pass, a dramatic 12½-mile-long cliff-edge dirt road over the rippling Obispo Mountains that peaks amo...