The Uco Valley is around 100km south of Mendoza city which is about an hour and a half’s drive. The vineyards in this area are planted at much higher altitudes in the foothills of the Andes. It is actually one of the world’s highest altitude wine growing areas with many vineyards planted at 1200 metres and above. Although this is high for growing wine, it is nowhere near high enough for us to experience altitude sickness. At these higher altitudes the Malbec thrives but other grapes such as Tempranillo, Pino Noir and Merlot also do extremely well. As Mendoza’s newest wine growing region it is becoming more and more popular and growing rapidly. The wineries in the Uco Valley tend to be smaller, more boutique and higher end. There are also some family business where you will likely be shown around by the owners.
Stay: Alpasion Lodge, a relatively new, exclusive hotel with just seven rooms and a familial atmosphere or The Vines, an outrageously luxurious wine resort.
Try: Gimenez Rilli, a wonderful, family fun winery or the historic Salentein which also has a superb art gallery