DAY 18: Uco Valley, Argentina

Today’s wine is from the Uco Valley of Argentinian. The Uco Valley, situated at the foot of the Andes whose snow capped peaks provide a beautiful and dramatic backdrop for the vines, is known for its production of high-quality wines. The valley is about a one hour drive from the city of Mendoza (see Day 5)

Catering to the many wine-lovers who visit this picturesque setting to enjoy some of the world’s best wines, the Uco Valley has a well developed and creative tourism industry. Here the experiences go way beyond wine tasting. You can enjoy wine themed spas, learn to cook authentic Argentinian cuisine and pair with local wines, actually create your own wine in hands on workshops, or even become a “winemaker” by purchasing a vineyard plot that will be tended by the vineyard and managed through the winemaking process to become your own private labeled wine.

Wineries are plentiful, and many have boutique hotels or cozy B&Bs onsite. A tip when planning a visit to this area is to do your winery research prior to going – with so many wonderful bodegas (wineries), it can be difficult to select which to visit. There are many guides and private tours available to assist you.

Photos courtesy of Viator and The Pines Winery

Beyond wine, the Uco Valley is the perfect place to also enjoy a wide offering of outdoor activities. With 300 days of sunshine per year, you can enjoy hours of hiking, scenic horseback rides, cycling through vineyards, fly fishing or simply relaxing. 

The Uco Valley weather is sunny and dry most of the year. Best time to visit is in their fall (March to April) when temperatures are warm, fall colors are at their peak, and the harvest is in full swing. Spring (October and November) is another good option.

For serious wine aficionados or festival lovers, plan to visit at the end of February to early March for the Harvest Festival. Festivities take place throughout the region with parades and events in the city of Mendoza.

WHEN TO GO: October/November and March/April, Allow at least 3 to 5 days  

POPULAR TRAVEL STYLES: Small Private Groups, Independent Travel, Luxury Travel, Couples

IDEAL FOR: Culinary/Wine, Romantic Travel, Active Travel, Nature Vacation, Multi-Country Trip

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Published by Cheryl Walton

Travel changes your perspective while creating special memories along the way. My goal is to always help create the vacation experience you imagine - whether it's bucket list travel, a celebration or a special interest vacation - history, WWII, heritage, wine, beer, culinary, language, art, and genealogy (just a few of my favorites). My first trip abroad was to southern Belgium as part of a town twinning program to help keep French culture alive in Louisiana. My host family provided an inside view of their country, lifestyle and culture, creating a friendship now 30+ years strong through 4 generations! That trip definitely impacted my style of travel - getting off the beaten path and engaging with locals - as well as a later career change to travel advisor. I strive to provide similar experiences tailored to your interests and comfort level.

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