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Upper Mendoza River Region


Wines from this region

Introduction

The capital of Mendoza is located at the North-Center of the territory at 700 meters above sea level. Most of its inhabitants live in the Gran Mendoza area, which comprises the departments of Capital, Las Heras, Godoy Cruz, Guaymallén, Maipú and Luján de Cuyo. This region is famous because of its premium wines, but it also hosts a wide variety of natural and cultural attractions. Visitors should not miss General San Martin Park, a beautiful green extension considered one of the most attractive in the country. With 419 hectares, more than 50,000 trees and 700 species, as well as an artificial lake where aquatics sports are practiced, it encompasses the lungs of Mendoza. Within the park, visitors can appreciate Cerro de La Gloria and its historical monument, the provincial Zoo -the most complete and original in South America- and Frank Romero Day Greek Theatre, where the traditional Fiesta de la Vendimia (Grape Harvest Festival) takes place.

In the North of the city the tour goes into the Foundational Area square and the neighboring San Francisco ruins, a National Historic Monument. A few meters away lay the Municipal Aquarium and the Anaconda Snake House, other interesting places to visit. In the downtown area, Plaza Independencia and its four contiguous squares comprise the most important green spaces.

In the Northwest of the region, the mountainous area of Luján features villages like Potrerillos, Cacheuta, Los Cóndores, Las Carditas, El Salto, Las Vegas and Valle del Sol. In these villages, both adventure and relaxation are possible, framed by spectacular landscapes where mountains, rivers and vegetation come together in extreme beauty.

There are many choices to experience the charm of the Greater Mendoza area. Tourists can enjoy shows, gourmet dinners or exquisite regional dishes. One of these options is the traditional Arístides Villanueva Street, offering engaging activities for locals and tourist all year long. Overall, there are hundreds of programs to undertake while visiting the local wineries in Upper Mendoza River Region.

General Information

Demographic data
Total Surface of Mendoza: 150.839 km²
Surface of Upper Region: 5.593 km²
Population: 1.654.547 inhabitants (estimated)
Upper Region Population: 618.187 inhabitants
Capital of the Province: Mendoza
Business hours: 8 am to 1 pm and 4 pm to 9 pm
Greater Mendoza Area Code: 54 261
“Francisco Gabrielli” – International Airport: Las Heras – Phone: 54 261 520 6000 – 5480 6111
Bus Station: Guaymallén – Phone: 54 261 4315000

Economic Aspects

Mendoza ranks among the first places for conferences and business tourism destinations. It is a strategic political-economic point for MERCOSUR. The sectors that constitute its economy include manufacturing and the oil industry, followed by the wine industry and the production of legumes, vegetables and fruits along with stores, businesses, restaurants and hotels, plus personal, social and community services and finances. But, clearly, viticulture is currently the main economic sector of the province.

Main Tourism Centers
In Mendoza there are a lot of choices regarding adventure tourism, skiing and High Mountain climbing, where Aconcagua is the major attraction. “Caminos del Vino” (the Wine Route) should not be missed. In Luján de Cuyo, Carrodilla Church is one of the traditional and religious destinations and there are plenty of sightseeing and relaxing spots in the mountain areas.

Main Tourism Information Centers
Downtown:
San Martín 1143 – (5500) Ciudad. Phone: 54 261 420 2800 – Fax: 54 261 420 2243 www.turismo.mendoza.gov.ar
Park:
Av. de Los Plátanos s/n – Parque General San Martín – Mendoza – Phone: 54 261 420 5052 – 4233366
Maipú:
Wine Museum – Ozamis 914 – Phone: 54 261 497 2448
Luján De Cuyo:
San Martín 250 – Phone: 54 261 498 9959

Tourism Calendar

January
National Summer Soccer Tournament
Grape Harvest Festivals in Departments

February
Americanto (Latin American Singing Festival)
International “Vuelta de Mendoza” Bike Challenge (throughout the province)
Capital – “Festa in Piazza”, Italian Gastronomic Festival in Italy Square
Blessing of fruits (traditional religious harvest celebration)

March
National Grape Harvest Festival
Capital – Harvest Classic Horse Race
Capital – International Harvest Regatta
Wineries Rally (High mountain and Wine Route)

April
Club Hípico Mendoza – Equestrian Competition
Classical Music concerts in the Wine Route

May
Harvest Auto Racing Big Prize

June
Capital – Industry and Cattle Fair

July
Capital – Provincial Festivities for Patron Saint
Capital – Apostle Santiago

September
Student Week and Festivals

October
Cantapueblo: Choirs Festival

November
Capital – Water Festival
Capital – FIA (Aconcagua International Fair)

December
Capital – National Dance Event

Fotos e información gentileza de la Secretaría de Turismo de Mendoza / Information and photos courtesy of Mendoza Tourism Se

Grape and Wine Production

It is the area with the highest viticulture development in the country. The greatest portion of exportable varietals is located in this region, including emblematic Malbec. Its lands are the country’s most sought and most appropriate ones for growing new world varieties.

The vineyards of this region are located between 650 and 1,050 meters above sea level, the departments of Maipú, Godoy Cruz and Luján de Cuyo having the best grapes for the wines grown here. The most traditional and century-old wineries are situated in this area, as well as several new enterprises that have settled in the province in the past 10 years. Agrelo, Perdriel, Ugarteche, Las Compuertas, Vistalba and Barrancas are some of the most remarkable locations for the industry.

This region has around 25,000 hectares of vineyards, and it conveys two distinguishing marks that give wines their unique personality: an annual average temperature of 15° C and a sharp temperature range. Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Bonarda and Merlot red grapes are the best adapted to this region.