Viña Andrico is a high-altitude vineyard (3,700 feet elevation) located at the foot of the Andes Mountains in the Uco Valley of Mendoza, Argentina. The Uco Valley is approximately 60 miles south of Mendoza.
Considered the highest mountain range outside of Asia (22,000 feet elevation), the Andes act as a natural barrier protecting our vineyard from the maritime climate of the Pacific Ocean. As the sun rises in the east, the mountains to the west of our vineyard serve as a backdrop, enabling our vines to capture the intense sunlight throughout the day. Our grapes grow thicker skins that serve as a natural protection against this intense sun, resulting in greater complexity and deeper color. In the evenings, cool air from the mountains passes through our vineyard, providing welcome relief from the day’s heat. The cooling of our grapes naturally enhances the acidity by slowing the respiration process. This daily heating and cooling creates optimum conditions for robust grape structure with great concentration and aromatic intensity.
The Uco Valley is a high elevation desert experiencing over 300 days of annual sunshine and very little rainfall. The rocky, alluvial soil of loam and clay provides excellent drainage and forces the roots of our vines to struggle to find water. The arid conditions keep pests and diseases to a minimum. Pure glacial water from the mountains fills our lakes which is the source of our drip irrigation system. This enables our agronomist, Francisco, to precisely release water as needed.