Mountains, greenery, wines: the delights and landscapes of Valle de Uco, the most sophisticated portion of this Argentine province
When to go
The region is proud to have almost 365 days of sun per year and, even during the snowy winter, blue skies. Grape harvest season takes place between February and April, a period celebrated with plenty of parties. Anyone looking to ski should go there from June to August. Summer is high season for adventure sports.
You’ll find everything from winter sports centers (south) to hotels that focus on luxury and well-being (Valle de Uco). The east is home to plenty of bodegas, and it’s where most of the grape harvest celebrations take place.
El Plumerillo Airport is located some 7 miles [11 km] from downtown Mendoza.
LATAM has direct flights to Mendoza from São Paulo, Santiago, Buenos Aires, and Lima.
Horseback ride with a view of the mountains in the region, located some 60 miles [100 km] from the capital of the province. There, the peaks reach an altitude of 3,940 feet [1,200 m]
Valle de Uco is famous for being one of the greenest and most fertile areas in Mendoza and for having luxury hotels. Above, vegetation known as cortadera and typical flowers
Above, the sun sets on the vineyard at the hotel The Vines & Spa
Detail of the mane of a horse that takes visitors on tours of the area
Mendoza is responsible for 70% of the wine production in Argentina and is home to 165 bodegas. Above, detail of a tasting session at a winery
The most famous Mendoza wines are made from malbec grapes, but the region also produces cabernet sauvignon, merlot, tempranillo, and pinot noir wines, among others