Today is the first day of our roadtrip around Salta. Our plan is to head to Cafayate and stay there for one night. Cafayate is the most important town in the Calchaqui Valley. It's famous for its wine production as it's dry and sunny climate is ideal for growing a variety of grape types, including the torrontes, unique to this area. On our way from Salta, we catch a glimpse of the dramatic gorge of Quebrada de las Conchas, a series of intensly coloured rock formations. The Amphiheatre, the Devil's Throat, the Frog, …. are all highlighted stops throughout the Quebrada de Cafayate and of course make us stop for some nice shots.
Whilst drinking lots of wine throughout Argentina, we might want some good cheese to go with it. One of the top places for cheese seems Cafayate as well, with it's great Goat Cheese. To really get to grips with the big cheese, we decide (or I decide and manage to convince Joost) to spend a couple of hours with Cabras de Cafayate. In this family business, we learn how goats are reared, how milk is produced and how cheeseis made. Of course we finish off with a tasting of all their goat produce. We can see a great example of sustainable recycling here: the goats are fed on leftovers from the grape harvest and in turn their manure is used to fertilize the vineyards. We get told that the animals get to listen to classical music in order for them to get more relaxed during the milking. A unique experience with Cabras de Cafayate!
We had some nice goat cheese, now it is time to try out the local wines I would say! A unique way to try the local wine is at Heladeria Miranda, which offers ice cream flavours like carbernet and torrontés, and that is exactly what we go for of course.
We end this first day of our roadtrip with the most amazing bife de lomo (con salsa de pimienta) ! A great start of the trip.