Driving distance: 260 km. Duration: 10 hours. Departure from the city of Mendoza.
This tour entails driving around green Valle de Uco, one of Mendoza’s major productive oases. The soil and microclimate there, with sunny afternoons and cool nights render the best possible conditions for vine growing and wine making.
Valle de Uco landscape is a mix of blue skies, long groves, deserted fields, and snow-capped mountains. The districts of Tunuyán, Tupungato and San Carlos make up this efficiently irrigated wine-making region.
The tour goes along the Production Route on which visitors will see crops like potatoes, sunflowers, nut trees, almond trees, hazelnut trees and vineyards that grow in this endless valley, at the foot of majestic Cordon del Plata mountain range.
We’ll visit Manzano Historico (Historical Apple Tree) where General San Martin rested when he was returning from his liberation campaign in Chile and Peru. Visitors will see the Return to the Homeland monument (the only monument depicting general San Martin wearing civilian clothes) and Punta Negra mount (4,400 m) from Grande stream. The foothill area landscape is a plain offering beautiful views of perennial snow-capped peaks, just like any other Mendoza oasis.
Tourist can stop by Salentein Winery that features an impressive cross-shaped cellar, aging barrels, and Kilka cultural center and high-end restaurant.
Or they may choose to visit audacious and innovative O. Fournier winery in the San Carlos district, whose impressive architecture also houses a fancy restaurant. Both wineries offer wine-making sessions conducted by expert winemakers.