VALLE DE UCO
The most exciting part of Mendoza from a wine lover’s point of view is the Uco Valley, named after a Columbian Indian chief thought to have introduced irrigation here. This is a relatively new wine-making region with vineyards being planted from 1980s onwards. Fast becoming an important, prestigious and highly sought after area Hervé and Diane have already planted more vineyards in the Gualtallary area of this region.
3 key factors determine the grape-growing potential in Gualtallary: the soil, formed during the Quaternary period, by alluvial erosions of The Andes Mountains, creating poor, stony, and calcareous soils, with good drainage and structure. Gualtallary has a great slope stretching from West to East, which carries water coming from rains and frosts, without affecting the natural quality of grapes. The altitude of Gualtallary provides wide temperature ranges and cooling breezes during the ripening period extending the cycle, creating wines with character and personality, with the great freshness and mineral characteristic of its soils.