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In an effort to shed some light on how I study for WSET Diploma Course’s D3 exam, Le Club des Vins is running a series of posts covering wine regions. Today’s topic: Valle de Uco
Valle de Uco is located southwest of Mendoza (Argentina) along the Tunuyán River. It’s known for its high altitude vineyards, ranging from 850 meters to well over 1500 meters.⠀
In a nutshell
- High vineyards 850-1500 meters!
- Hot days, cold nights
- Malbec mainly
The region is located at a latitude of 33°S, meaning day temperatures are high but they are combined with (much) cooler nights. This diurnal range is much wider than in the rest of Mendoza and does something special 🙂 On the one hand, the grapes accumulate less sugar and retain more acidity, on the other hand the skins get a deeper color and riper tannins because of the higher intensity of sunshine. It’s fairly dry, so drip irrigation (with water from the river) is quite common.⠀
Mostly alluvial, clay rock base with stony, sandy surface.⠀
🍇 Grapes & styles
Malbec is the number one grape variety here. There’s some cabernet franc as well. For whites, Valle de Uco is great for (premium) chardonnay and torrontés.⠀
💡 Something you didn’t know (did you?)
Valle de Uco has several subregions, for example La Consulta and Vista Flores. Flying wine maker Michel Rolland produces a wine, @closdelossiete, in Valle de Uco made of malbec and almost all other Bordeaux varieties (and syrah). Best known producer of Mendoza is of course @catenawines 💪🏼 They make a spectacular malbec, coming from the Adrianna vineyard, planted at almost 1500 meters elevation in the Andes foothills.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Your turn now
I always put a new region on instagram first. If you have any additions or comments on a region, please do share. You can drop a comment on instagram or on the website – see below. Your help is much appreciated!