Undoubtedly, this valley has earned great recognition in the last years regarding viticulture industry. It is the center of attraction for foreign investment mainly French and Dutch and with such explosion of family and boutique wineries, Uco Valley has its own importance today. Tunuyán, Tupungato and San Carlos towns are surrounded by the peaks of Cordón del P1ata and escorted by the magnificent Andean mountain range, which offers an exceptional climate. It provides the right wide temperature range, which helps in the growth of vines. Its cultivated area has an extension of 10,000 hectares, irrigated by the upper Tunuyán River.
This region is located to southwest of Mendoza City, between 33° and 34° south latitude. The annual average temperature is 14 °C. Altitudes range from 900 m to 1.200 m above sea level. This area has approximately 13.000 hectares of vineyards. The area is noted for the excellent quality of its grapes, resulting in wines apt for lengthy cellaring. At present, it has attracted strong investor demand, particularly due its capacity for high altitude viticulture.
Traditionally, the varieties grown in this area are Semillón and Malbec; together with Bonarda and Barbera in a smaller amount.
Among recently planted vineyards, vine growers have preferred medium cycle varieties, such as Merlot and Pinot Noir, since they reach optimum ripeness in this area.
Posada Salentein. Tunuyán.
Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are grown in the lower areas of the region. Chardonnay is harvested at an early stage, which ensures excellence acidity levels in sparkling wines.
The Syrah from this region is highly regarded.