Chasing the tails of Chile and Argentina’s well-established vineyards, is a small Bolivian town producing some of South America’s finest wines Growing most of their grapes at an elevation of around 1800 meters (6000 feet), Tarija is officially the highest wine producer in the world. Located in the south of the Bolivia, the scenic area enjoys a Mediterranean climate making it the ideal location for wine production. Due to the unique mix of high altitude and warm weather, Tarija’s winemakers claim to be able to age grape juice at a faster rate, enabling them to produce a two year old wine with similar qualities to a six year old wine.
Though wine tasting tours in Tarija are not a refined experience, wine aficionados and budding sommeliers will enjoy sampling the variety of fruity reds and floral whites on offer, as well as the local specialty – singani. And for those looking to tickle their taste-buds with food rather than alcohol, Tarija boasts a variety of culinary treats including grilled bife de chorizo and local favorite, dulce de lacayote (caramelized squash). One of the fastest growing cities in Bolivia, Tarija itself is a great place to spend time, exploring the contemporary art galleries, bustling markets and youthful bars. If you happen to be passing through Bolivia’s highlands and wish to indulge in a glass of wine or two, Tarija is a destination well worth visiting.
While Bolivia’s tourism scene increased exponentially in the last decade, few ventured far beyond the iconic must-sees of the Uyuni salt flats or the the large metropolitan city of La Paz. Very few dare to venture into the uncharted territories of Bolivia. For those willing to go off the beaten track, the wine region in Bolivia is a must see.
Located in the southernmost point of the country and bordering Argentina is the city of Tarija Bolivia. Reaching a higher altitude than most wine producing regions, Tarija is quickly making a name for itself globally. There is plenty of things to do in Tarija Bolivia, but the most important thing of course is drinking Bolivian wine.