Valle de Uco
Mendoza is Argentina’s foremost wine producing province and the heart of its wine trade. More than 80% of all Argentinian wine is produced is this province. Divided in five sub regions, Mendoza features an enviable array of grape varieties, soils and altitudes (from 500 to 1800m above sea level), as well as a very long, dry and mild autumn making it a winemaker’s paradise.
The Valley de Uco is probably one of the most exciting regions of Mendoza, with the highest altitude vineyards (1,700m above sea level) and an impressive terroir.
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.
The soil was 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.