Welcome to Valle de Uco
Pear, potato, walnut, almond and garlic fields are interspersed with the picturesque vineyards that run up to the foothills of the Andes. Pumas come out at night and condors soar from cliff faces. Remote and poorly signposted, the Valle de Uco is nonetheless home to some of Mendoza’s top wineries. Its versatile terroir (terruño in Spanish) and dry climate mean it's suitable for varietals that suffer from humidity. Cerro Tupungato (6570m), a semi-active volcano, looms majestically in the near distance with a solitary cloud almost perpetually hovering above its cone. Tunuyán, a fairly ordinary town built on and around RN 40, is the largest municipality in the valley.
The area is best visited on a guided tour, but if you’ve got the time and patience you can easily rent a car in Mendoza to make the trip.