Argentina: Instead of Mendoza, go to Cafayate
Mendoza hogs Argentina's wine tourism spotlight (over 80 percent of Argentine wine hails from the region). But it's worth setting your sights on Cafayate, the country's "other" wine region, some 645 miles north of Mendoza, where arid desert landscapes and microclimates influenced by extreme temperatures give birth to the citrusy dry white wine called Torrontés. There's excellent hiking along the Rio Colorado and up Cerro San Isidro, the main peak overlooking town. When you're not out sampling wine, you can fill your time with golf and polo at the new Grace Cafayate hotel, which opened in late 2013 on a secluded estancia.