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Chances are something new is happening in Mendoza whenever you decide to visit, from new vineyards and resorts opening to new wines being launched and myriad ways for tourists to enjoy all of it. What’s hot right now? The up-and-coming region of Valle de Uco, or Uco Valley, nestled in the foothills of the Andes. This swath of Mendoza is located a bit far from the city center — easily a 45-minute drive — but is one of the most spectacular and fruitful areas of Mendoza, and it runs right along the crystalline Tunuyán River.
While people have long known about the richness and vastness of its resources, it has only been lately that people have begun in earnest to develop the land and also draw tourists. Malbec, of course, is widely grown here and across the region, but the standout grape, and what many sommeliers are pinpointing as the next big wine, is cabernet franc. In order to taste what’s new in Mendoza, you’ll want the cabernet franc, and specifically the cabernet franc produced in Uco Valley. Bodega Salentein is one of Argentina’s premier wineries and is located in Valle de Uco.
As for lodging, Casa de Uco is a new luxury property that has handily won over guests with the beauty of the estate and its good service.