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Tupungato Wine

Tupungato is the northernmost sub-region of the Uco Valley in Mendoza. The region lies at the foot of the Mt Tupungato volcano, which, at 21,555ft (6570m) high, is one of the highest peaks in Argentina. The altitude of the vineyards brings clarity of light, water and air and moderates the high temperatures associated with lower latitudes. Full-bodied red wines made from Malbec and crisp, elegant whites made from Chardonnay are specialities of the terroir here.

The small town of Tupungato is roughly 40 miles (65km) south of the city of Mendoza, along the western foothills of the Andes mountains. The average vineyard sits at an altitude of 4200ft (1300m) above sea level. Sunlight exposure at this high an altitude is more intense than in lower-lying areas, but the altitude also means that nights are much colder, cooled by westerly winds from the Andes. This kind of daily temperature range is excellent for the production of quality grapes; the nightly cooling-off extends the ripening period, letting grapes develop rich varietal character while retaining acidity.

The Andean foothills from Atamisque, Tupungato

Tupungato is in the rain shadow of the Andes and, as such, experiences very little rainfall. Most vineyards are drip-irrigated using high-quality Andean meltwater, and vignerons have a high degree of control over the amount of water that the vines receive during the growing season. The stony, free-draining alluvial soils found in the region are excellent for viticulture for this same reason: the lack of water in the soils stresses the vines, reducing vigor and yields and causing them to grow small, concentrated berries. The resultant wines are rich and complex, with firm tannins and good structure.

The combination of climate, soil and altitude makes Tupungato an important sub-region of Mendoza, and many well-known wineries have based themselves here (including the Argentinean operation of Masi Agricola of Veneto in Italy).

Along with Malbec and Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are grown in Tupungato and are often seen combined in a Bordeaux Blend.

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We found 274 wines produced in this region.
Wine Name
Rutini Trumpeter Malbec, Tupungato, Argentina Malbec $11 1993
Andeluna Cellars Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina Malbec $13 2393
Domaine Jean Bousquet Reserva Malbec, Tupungato, Argentina Malbec $15 2766
Catena Zapata 'Catena Alta' Chardonnay, Tupungato, Argentina Chardonnay $30 3101
Domaine Jean Bousquet Malbec, Tupungato, Argentina Malbec $10 3993
Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Malbec, Tupungato, Argentina Malbec $96 4323
Bodega del Tupun Malbec, Tupungato, Argentina Malbec $8 7764
Finca Sophenia Reserve Malbec, Tupungato, Argentina Malbec $15 7968
Finca Flichman Paisaje de Tupungato Red Blend, Tupungato, Argentina Bordeaux Blend Red $18 8328
Finca Sophenia Altosur Malbec, Tupungato, Argentina Malbec $10 8659
Finca Sophenia Synthesis The Blend, Tupungato, Argentina Bordeaux Blend Red $39 8796
Bodega del Tupun Torrontes, Tupungato, Argentina Torrontes $6 8967
Riglos Gran Corte, Tupungato, Argentina Bordeaux Blend Red $45 10140
Masi Tupungato Corbec Appassimento, Tupungato, Argentina Corvina $30 11863
Familia Zuccardi 'Zuccardi Q' Chardonnay, Tupungato, Argentina Chardonnay $20 12259
Bodega Atamisque Catalpa Malbec, Tupungato, Argentina Malbec $17 12340
Andeluna Cellars Reserve Malbec, Tupungato, Argentina Malbec $18 18890
Gouguenheim Valle Escondido Estaciones del Valle Invierno Cabernet Sauvignon, Tupungato, Argentina Cabernet Sauvignon $10 18955
Andeluna Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Tupungato, Argentina Cabernet Sauvignon $13 19661
Riglos Gran Malbec, Tupungato, Argentina Malbec $30 20407
Catena Zapata 'Angelica Zapata Chardonnay Alta', Tupungato, Argentina Chardonnay $40 21155
Domaine Jean Bousquet Cabernet Sauvignon, Tupungato, Argentina Cabernet Sauvignon $10 21431
Gouguenheim Valle Escondido Estaciones del Valle Primavera Syrah, Tupungato, Argentina Syrah $11 22482
Trivento Tribu Pinot Noir, Tupungato, Argentina Pinot Noir $11 23732
Trapiche Single Vineyard Malbec Vina Adolfo Ahumada, Tupungato, Argentina Malbec $42 25100
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