Uco Valley

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Coordinates: 33°37′S 69°08′W / 33.617°S 69.133°W / -33.617; -69.133
Uco Valley
Bodega Diamandes.jpg
Diamandes Vineyard
Location near Tunuyán, Mendoza Province, Argentina
 - coordinates 33°37′S 69°08′W / 33.617°S 69.133°W / -33.617; -69.133
Highest point
 - elevation 1,200 m (3,937 ft)
Website: valledeuco.org

Valley de Uco is a viticultural region southwest of Mendoza, in Argentina. Situated along the Tunuyán River, the Uco Valley is widely considered one of the top wine regions in Mendoza, and all of Argentina. The average temperature is 14ºC and altitudes range from 900 to 1,200 meters (2,950 to 3,930 ft) above sea level.[1]

The combination of high elevation, alluvial soils, irrigation sourced from the Andes Mountains, a long growing season with over 250 sunny days a year, little rain and vast temperature differences between day and night are all conducive to growing quality wine grapes. These climate and geography elements come together to provide excellent fruit ripening and concentration, developing colors, aromas, flavors and textures resulting in wines that are deep in color, intense in aromas and rich in flavors. The Uco Valley figures prominently in the Argentina Wine Route for tourist visitors.[2]

The annual average temperature is 14 °C (57 °F). Traditionally, the varietals grown in this area are Sémillon and Malbec; together with Bonarda and Barbera in a smaller amount.[3]


References[edit]

  1. ^ Michel Rolland & E. Chrabolowsky (2208) Wines of Argentina, pg. 93-94 Mirrol SA, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  2. ^ Channel 2 Official Uco Valley Air Television
  3. ^ "Vineyards in Uco Valley Mendoza"