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Art & Wine Argentina Considering a new wine adventure? How about a trek to the highest vineyards in the world and arguably one of the most remote commercial wineries currently in operation? What about combining your wine tasting experience with horseback riding, tennis, and an incredible contemporary art museum? If all of this sounds like an adventure you would like to embark on, then consider your next wine adventure to the northern parts of Salta Provence in Argentina to Bodega Colomé.

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A WINE & ART EXPERIENCE Bodega Colomé’s owner is Donald Hess of Switzerland who owns six wineries around the world, including one other in Mendoza, Argentina. Donald’s passion for art and wine created a desire in him to pursue finding both great vineyards of distinct quality, and to create an experience for guests that goes beyond the art of producing wine into showcasing incredible visual art by adding art museums to his winery experiences.

ART & LIGHT WITH WINE

At Bodega Colomé, located 20 kilometers outside the nearest tiny Northern Argentine town, you will find an unexpectedly incredible contemporary art museum dedicated solely to the American artist, James Turrell. Hess showcases his own collection of Turrell’s illusions through creations of full-room pieces of art using light and shapes. Turrell’s museum, the only one in the world dedicated only to him, is a destination in itself. The display rooms full of colorful exhibits play with your perception of spatial reality and drive a desire to re-conceptualize your idea of the artistic use of lighting tricks. The museum is truly one-of-a-kind in the world.

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UNIQUE VINEYARD CHARACTERISTICS This impressive winery and full-service estancia are not only home to the highest vineyards in the world at 10,200 feet, it is also the oldest winery in Argentina. FoundA WINE TASTING ADVENTURE ed in 1831, Bodega Colomé boasts being the Bodega Colomé is not easy to find. The winery home to vines for 180 years; older by about and estancia are located in the Calchaquí Valley 20 years than any vineyard in Argentina’s infaof Northern Argentina, about a three-hour drive mous Mendoza region. from the wine town of Cafayate, and a 40 minute to one hour drive from the tiny town of For those who love art, wine, and adventure, Molinos. Most of the driving is on an unpaved, Bodega Colomé claims all three. If you are unrefined portion of Argentina’s iconic “Ruta looking for your next wine escape, think about 40”. If you fly into the town of Salta, you can experiencing art & wine off the grid in a expect about a five-hour drive, mostly on gravel uniquely Argentine wine way. road. The beautiful landscape of Argentina’s northern wine country through the valley is worth Jacqueline Coleman is a certified leaving your expectations behind and taking the Sommelier and 4th generation scenic route through the Salta wine trail. As you Miamian, born and raised in wind your way through the small colonial & Coral Gables. You can find her adobe villages of Northern Argentina, take notice musings about the “wine lifestyle” of the rapidly changing scenery around you; how on her blog, History & Wine the landscape goes from impressive desert red (historyandwine.com), or follow rock to sprawling vineyards and back again her on Twitter @HistoryandWine. throughout your trip.

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Let's Eat Magazine | Summer 2017  

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