4 Best Sights in San Rafael, Wine Regions


One of the country's oldest wineries, Goyenechea was founded in 1868 by a Basque immigrant family that had the foresight to build not only a solid brick winery, but also 60 houses for the working families, a school for their children, a repair shop, and a chapel. As you pass through the arched caves where wine ages in bottles, you can see the piletas, huge concrete vats that held 8,976 gallons of wine when the industry was focused on quantity, not quality. Family members often lead tours, which are free in Spanish; ask ahead for prices in English.

Sotero Arizú s/n, Villa Atuel, San Rafael, 5600, Argentina
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Jean Rivier

The Swiss-French brothers who own this winery produce a limited quantity of quality wines from their own grapes. Guided tours of the spotless facility include crushing, fermentation, and tasting areas.


In 1897, the Suter family journeyed to Argentina from Switzerland and planted the first Pinot Blanco variety in the country. Today, the fourth generation of the family continues to produce good value white wines, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, and sparkling wine. A winery tour leads you through a labyrinth of underground caves filled with huge oak casks—used more to evoke atmosphere than to store wine.

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Valentín Bianchi

Bianchi is the largest of San Rafael's wineries, receiving more than 100,000 visitors per year to its lush, garden setting, which is just a little over 5 km (3 miles) from the center of San Rafael. Book in for horseback riding or cycling through the vineyards to work up thirst for a tasting in the family cellar, which includes their renowned sparkling wine.