Grape varieties and wine styles

Etchart, which is partly owned by Pernod-Ricard, has several vineyards in Salta and makes many good wines. Etchart's Torrontes, sometimes sold under the brand name Cafayate, is flowery and delicious, and is the best of its type; and there is also a highly competitive Malbec.

Bodegas Flichman
For a long time a reliable exporter, Flichman makes a well-aged, highly scented Cabernet Sauvignon under the Caballero de la Cepa label, which also includes a Chardonnay and a Syrah. Argenta is Flichman's label for red and white blends that have a lively flavour and are popularly priced.

Operating several bodegas, Penaflor is the largest producer. Its famous export label is Trapiche, which includes a solid Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Chardonnay. The Andean Vineyards and Fond de Cave labels are headed by Cabernet: the latter is exceptional.

San Telmo
This is another large-volume name that shows a remarkable ability to produce consistently excellent Malbec and a Malbec/Cabernet Sauvignon blend, Cuesta del Madero. The reds are more typical of the old style, being aged for a long time in old, neutral wood. San Telmo also makes an occasional noteworthy Chardonnay.

Vina Esmeralda
This large-volume producer's best wines have been San Felician Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Trumpeter is a low-priced but good-value range. The prestige export label, Catena, includes excellent, oaked Chardonnay and California-style Cabernet Sauvignon.

Bodegas Weinert
This producer's red wines, which include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and a blend called Cavas de Weinert, age long and extremely well, and represent the old style of Argentinean reds. It is not uncommon for Weinert to age its reds in wood for 8-10 years before bottling.

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