CASA DE UCO VINEYARDS AND WINE RESORT – UCO VALLEY, ARGENTINA

With the Argentine Andes forming a spectacular backdrop, Casa de Uco Vineyards & Wine Resort is located in the heart of the Uco Valley on its own 320 hectare estate.

The hotel boasts a clean-cut, modern architectural style, and is boldly state-of-the-art with its steel and glass design leaping out from the surrounding vineyards. Floor to ceiling windows to one side of the property light up the interiors and give way to beautiful views of the lagoon and the towering mountains beyond.

With 19 rooms in total, the lead-in Cordon de la Plata rooms overlook the expansive driveway and vineyards to one side, whilst the larger Laguna Suites and Master Suites, complete with private balconies, face the lagoon on the other. Three private villas with rooftop hot tubs are dotted amongst the vines, offering a more secluded and exclusive experience.

The Uco Valley is widely considered one of the country’s most sought-after wine regions, and Casa de Uco’s experimental winery does not disappoint. The team have developed a range of activities and programs to help guests discover more about viticulture, including tours, tastings, blending sessions and even night visits to the winery to enjoy a special dinner in the exclusive tasting room.

Beyond wine, there are a host of activities and excursions to keep guests entertained. The owners are horse lovers and the hotel has its own stables – what better way to explore the property than a morning’s ride through the vineyards before arriving at a hidden picnic spot for lunch? Bikes are also available to explore the expansive vineyards that surround the hotel, whilst guests can try their hand at archery, enjoy some action on the tennis court, soak up some rays by the pool and jacuzzi or visit the Uco Spa. Further afield, Casa de Uco’s delightful team can help organise all manner of adrenaline-fuelled pursuits, such as white-water rafting and paragliding, as well as visits to neighbouring vineyards and restaurants in the Uco Valley and beyond.

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Quick Facts

Number of Rooms: 19

Room Categories: 7 Cordón del Plata Rooms, 6 Laguna Suites, 3 Master Suites & 3 villas (2 x 1 bedroom villas & 1 x 2 bedroom villa)

Room Descriptions: See here

Booking Options: Rates are on a B&B basis but half board and full board packages are also available, as are Special Wine and Adventure Progams. Please see the links below for more info.

Rates: From $390 in Low Season to $590 during the Special High Season.

Rates Include:  Breakfast À la carte in the restaurant, as well as cycling and horseback riding at the property, use of the tennis court, outdoor pool and heated external jacuzzi, and exercise room. A guided tour and wine tasting at Casa de Uco Winery is also included with each stay

Minimum Stay: None. We recommend a minimum of 3 nights to experience Casa de Uco.

Dates of Operation: Year round

Amenities: Room service, complimentary wifi throughout the property, minibar and Nespresso coffee machine, spa, exercise room, swimming pool, tennis court, archery, billiards room.

Spa Services: The Uco Spa includes a sauna, steam room, deep soaking hydrotherapy bath and treatment rooms where a host of massages and other treatments including aromatherapy and vinotherapy are available. Please refer to the Spa Brochure below for full detail.

Gastronomy: The restaurant is influenced by a strong farm-to-fork ethos, with ingredients sourced from the hotel’s own organic kitchen gardens and surrounding farms to create a seasonal menu inspired by the Uco Valley. The Sector de Fuego offers guests a true Argentine asado (barbeque) experience, where meals are cooked over open flames, whilst the bar has a cocktail list designed by celebrated bartender Renato Giovannoni.

Sample Menu

Wine: Casa de Uco’s experimental boutique winery, led by renowned oenologist and winemaker Alberto Antonini, offers various activities to help guests get to know the vine-growing and wine-making process. Take a tour of the winery and vineyard, try your hand at blending and unwind with a special dinner in the exclusive Tasting Room. Casa de Uco specialises in single vineyard wines from their own estate. Click here to see a list of their wines.


RATES & KEY INFO

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“After 16 years of experience in the Uco Valley, I can affirm that this is the exact area where the best wines of Mendoza are produced. The proximity to the Andes Mountains, the ideal day to night temperature ranges, and the fertile soil with excellent drainage, make this land exceptional to produce high end wines and develop the viticulture and enology in the most natural way possible”

Alberto Antonini, Casa de Uco Winemaker


A closer look at…

The Uco Valley: Approximately 1.5 to 2 hours southwest of Mendoza in Argentina, the Uco Valley is widely considered one of the top wine regions in Mendoza, and indeed all of Argentina and is a key stop on Argentina’s wine route.

Boasting spectacular views of the Andes, its elevated vineyards benefit from high daytime temperatures and cooler nights, a bone-dry climate with 300 days of sunshine per year, and excellent soil conditions. These qualities have attracted several of Argentina’s top wine producers, and have helped distinguish the Uco Valley from its more mainstream rivals due to the experimental nature of its winemaking – a characteristic central to New World wines. 

Over the past two decades, the Uco Valley has established itself as a major wine and culinary hotspot. State of the art wineries and extraordinary restaurants abound, and not just at Casa de Uco itself. Neighbouring vineyard Alpasion with its stand-alone restaurant is a 10 minute walk through the vineyard from Casa de Uco, whilst The Vines is just 5 minutes by car from the hotel and is home to the famous Siete Fuegos restaurant by Francis Mallman, Argentina’s best-known chef, so guests have a host of dining options nearby if they would like a change of scenery. Note that on Wednesdays and Saturdays there is a special barbecue at Siete Fuegos at 8pm which is a great experience for guests. 

Given its proximity to the Andes – Casa de Uco sits at 1300m with spectacular views towards the mountains – the Uco Valley also attracts those looking for a bit of adventure. The hotel offers various excursions in to the Andes, such as paragliding, trekking, white water rafting or mountain biking. Closer to home, guests can go horse riding through vineyards, try their hand at archery, head to the tennis court or enjoy the pool. Other activities include Argentine cookery courses by the award-winning kitchen team, olive oil tastings and of course wine tours and tastings. (Please find more information above in the links under RATES & KEY INFO and below under WHAT TO DO). Note that Casa de Uco has a dedicated excursions team and most activities are handled in-house.


How to get there

Casa de Uco is located in the Uco Valley, and is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes – 2 hours drive (traffic dependent) south of Mendoza’s International airport (MDZ).

There are currently no direct flights to Mendoza from the UK. Regular daily flights depart from Buenos Aires (1 hour 55 minutes) and from Santiago de Chile (1 hour). Alternatively, you can drive from Santiago across the Andes (5.5 hours) – a spectacular route over the Andes. Please note that border crossings and winter conditions can make this journey much longer.

Transfers are not included within the hotel rate, but are arranged separately through the hotel or your DMC.


Who is it for

Casa de Uco welcomes everyone with a good nose for wine as well as anyone who would like to learn more about viticulture. The property is also a great choice for couples, families or groups of friends with differing interests, as there is so much on offer besides wine.

Honeymooners: We recommend the Master Suites for honeymooners, or for more privacy the 1 Bedroom villa (upgrades include a complimentary massage). Casa de Uco can arrange romantic picnics in secluded spots as well as private dinners at night.

Families: Casa de Uco accepts children under 12 years old on a case by case basis and there is a babysitting service (by reservation) at an additional charge. Do be aware that the hotel is not especially geared towards young children – the abundance of glass, steps and water aren’t friendly for little ones. An extra bed can be made up in the Master Suites, otherwise we would suggest the 2 Bedroom Villa for families. 


What to do

Casa de Uco has created a range of excursions focusing on its vineyard and the incredible landscape surrounding it. The hotel operates all its own tours and activities on-site which include riding (they have their own horses), biking, trekking, archery and horse drawn carriage rides. Guests can relax by the infinity pool or enjoy a game of tennis, and there is also a number of indoor activities on offer, such as: Argentine cooking classes, olive oil tastings and wine tastings. The biggest dare devils can go paragliding, net fishing, white water rafting and mountain biking in the Andes. Please view the links under RATES & KEY INFO for more information.


SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Casa de Uco has pledged to donate funds to help plant 10 square metres of native forest for every reservation made. In Argentina, a hectare of woodland is destroyed roughly every 3 minutes, so by making this contribution Casa de Uco aims to help play a part in reversing this trend, whilst protecting Argentina’s forested areas, preventing soil degradation and preserving the country’s incredible biodiversity.


When to go

The winelands surrounding Mendoza are a year-round destination. The high season is considered to be from October through to April, beginning with the planting season and ending with the grape harvest.

During the summer months (December – March), temperatures tend to average in the low 30s (sometimes they can reach up to 40°C) during the day, with temperatures cooling at night.

The months of Autumn (March – June) are a lovely time to visit as this season coincides with the harvest, enabling guests to get hands on with the wine making process.

Winter (June – September) is the pruning season where temperatures average about 15°C during the day, again dropping at night. Whilst it’s a cooler time to visit, these months are dry and sunny with beautiful sunrises in the morning.

Temperatures steadily begin to increase during the Spring (September – December) and you can feel summer approaching. Those who can’t cope with the intensely hot days of summer will prefer the more temperate climate of this season where everything around you begins to bloom once more.


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