When planning our time in Mendoza, I stumbled upon the region of the Uco Valley. Something about this new part of the Mendoza wine region caught my attention and I was quickly drawn to it. Maybe it was the modern architecture of the wineries or the unique accommodations but whatever it was I knew we had to stay and explore the Uco Valley. We arrived in late March just before harvest season so we were in for a real treat with everything in full bloom.
After staying a few days in Mendoza at the Cavas Wine Lodge, we headed to the Uco Valley early afternoon so we could arrive with plenty of time to explore. We were very much looking forward to staying at Casa De Uco.
Casa De Uco is a modern style boutique hotel with all the characteristics of a private residence. It can be rented by the room or for exclusive use for large parties looking to host a wedding or event.
We had a rental car and it took us just over an hour to get from our previous hotel, Cavas Wine Lodge in Mendoza to Casa De Uco. As we pulled up to the main entrance we knew already we were in for a real treat. We both love modern eco style architecture and just the entrance alone made us feel like we were in the right place. We checked in at the gate and followed the road lined with trees and vineyards on both sides of us all the way up to Casa De Uco.
We were greeted with a warm welcome as we pulled up, handed a glass of champagne and assisted us with our car and luggage. We had a private picnic scheduled shortly after arrival so we were led to our room to get settled in and freshen up.
All of the rooms face either the front of the hotel or the back and have gorgeous panoramic views of the vineyards. Since the vineyards wrap around the entire property, there is no such thing as a room with a bad view. We were greeted with a nice welcome note from the hotel and bottle of Casa De Uco Malbec. After a few days in Mendoza already, we had started to fall in love with the Malbecs so we were excited to try our first in the Uco Valley.
The rooms are very modern yet cozy. The bed was one of the most comfortable beds during our stay in Argentina and waking up to views high above the vineyards made it that much better. The rooms are fully equipped with a minibar (non-alcoholic beverages included) and a Nespresso maker. Our room happened to be on the second floor, which has a large window but no patio. The rooms on the first floor have patios that open up onto the pool deck.
After we got settled into our room and changed, we headed back down as Casa De Uco had a special private picnic planned for us. A horse and carriage were waiting at the door to take us into the vines for a picnic for two. We hopped on board and it was just the two of us. A very romantic way to start off our stay at Casa De Uco.
We road around the vineyards and arrived at their outdoor picnic area. There was a table set for two with a variety of snacks including cheese and charcuterie, salads, fruit, quiches, and dessert. We also had a selection of beverages and we brought our malbec from our room to sample and of course was delicious. The weather was perfect, mid 70’s with a nice breeze and the covered picnic table was a nice touch. We could have sat there for hours just soaking it all in as there was not a person in site. Talk about a peaceful and relaxing afternoon.
Casa De Uco offers some incredible activities especially for foodie and wine lovers. We happened to take the horse and carriage to our picnic but you can also ride horses as well. They also offer an asado by horseback experience where you have different courses prepared throughout the vineyards, all cooked on an open fire. Unfortunately since we do not eat meat we missed out on this experience but if you are a meat eater, it’s highly recommended.
After our picnic, we walked back to Casa De Uco for a little rest and relaxation. We caught up on some emails since the wifi was fantastic and then took a much-needed nap before heading down for dinner. We spent some time hanging out in the lounge and viewing room which we had all to ourselves.
We were a little earlier to dinner so we decided to head out to the pool area to watch the sunset with a glass of wine.
The restaurant starts serving dinner at 8:00pm and since we are kind of early birds, we were seated right at 8:00pm. The restaurant is very open with all glass windows overlooking the pool area and vines. Since we were the first to arrive we snagged a table right in front of the window. Again, there really aren't any bad seats.
Argentina is known for its meats and Mendoza is known for providing farm to table cuisine so being pescetarian had us a little concerned that we were going to be limited to grilled vegetables and salads during our time in Mendoza. While that was the case at some places, it wasn’t at Casa De Uco. They had missed their shipment of fish that day so unfortunately we were unable to try their fish entrée but there were many options for us from the appetizers to the main courses that we were able to order a variety of dishes. We started off the cast iron organic egg and an order of the vegetable soup. Our biggest mistake was not ordering two orders of the egg dish. Luke was on the fence about ordering an egg for dinner and once it arrived we were fighting over it. Probably one of the best egg dishes I have ever had. Our second course we both had the Perjury fish salad and for dinner we had the fire roasted vegetables.
They had missed their shipment of fish that day so unfortunately we were unable to try their fish entrée but there were many options for us from the appetizers to the main courses of which were pescetarian friendly. We started off with the cast iron organic egg and an order of the vegetable soup. Our biggest mistake was not ordering two orders of the egg dish. Luke was on the fence about ordering an egg for dinner and once it arrived we were fighting over it. Probably one of the best egg dishes I have ever had. Our second course we both had the perjury fish salad and for dinner we had the fire roasted vegetables.
We were pretty tired but could not finish without dessert so we ordered the chocolate mousse with smoked salt to take back to our room and enjoy from our cozy room and bed.
The next day, Casa De Uco had arranged a day of winery tours and tastings for us so we got up early for a quick workout in their gym before we sat down for breakfast. The gym and spa are on the lower level of the hotel. The gym is small but has the basics; a few cardio machines and weights. While we did not have time to enjoy the amenities of the spa we did take a quick tour of the facilities, which included a few treatment rooms, a quiet lounge area, sauna, steam room and showers.
After our workout, we headed upstairs to the dining room for breakfast, which is served at one long communal table where you can dine with other guests. The menu is a la carte and breakfast is included with your stay. We both had the granola with homemade yogurt and fruit and a side of scrambled egg whites with vegetables. Everything was delicious and the service was great.
Our tastings started at 11:00am and the first winery was 30 minutes from Casa De Uco so we left at 10:30am. The concierge had printed us out a map with our itinerary which was very nice of them.
Our first stop was Salentein. Salentein is one of the most modern yet historical wineries in Mendoza. It's an architectural masterpiece and its wines are sold all over the world. We decided to skip the tour and just head to the bar for a tasting a walk around the winery by ourselves.
There are so many places to just sit and enjoy your wine and not feel rushed.
There is also a wonderful art collection in the main lobby for art lovers to meander through. We sampled the red wines, all of which were very good. If you are used to wine tasting in the US or Italy, be prepared as Argentina wineries have a heavy hand. Tasters are more like half glasses so sharing one tasting between the 2 of us was perfect.
From Salentein, we headed about a ½ a mile to Bodega Andeluna for more wine tasting and lunch. We had a casual bistro style lunch outside overlooking the vines and it was just perfect. We spent a couple hours just relaxing and enjoying our lunch and wine.
Casa De Uco had scheduled one more winery for us but the tour did not start until 4:00pm and we decided we wanted to head back to Casa De Uco and take advantage of the afternoon there and ride the bikes and enjoy the pool. They have a handful of mountain bikes and beach cruisers for guests to use and since I am slightly obsessed with cruising and their bikes were super cute, we couldn’t leave without an afternoon of riding around the vineyard. The grounds of Casa De Uco are massive so you do not even have to leave the property to get a nice ride in before dinner. There is no else around, so the vines and the roads are all yours.
Casa De Uco made reservations for us at Siete Fuegos, Frances Mallman’s restaurant at The Vines Resort, which is just 5-10 minutes from the hotel and highly recommended. We recommend making reservations in advance as they tend to be booked days in advance, especially if it’s a night that they have the Fuegos Experience.
After a late dinner and a long day, we were excited to head back to our cozy room and enjoy our last night at Casa De Uco.
We had a late afternoon flight the next day so we had enough time to enjoy one last morning wake up to the vines, one last delicious breakfast, and one last visit to the gym before heading out.
What We Loved
The Architecture + Design - Every detail in the hotel was well thought out, very clean, and modern yet comfortable. When you are in wine country, you want to see the views of the vineyards. Casa De Uco executes this flawlessly with views from every room in the hotel.
Home-like Feel - Casa De Uco is a boutique hotel, where you get to enjoy all the elements of a private home but also the service and amenities of a hotel. We loved that we could take our coffee to the viewing room and lounge on the couch or grab a cocktail and go play pool without feeling like we were in a hotel with hundreds of other guests.
Service + Pre-Planning Itinerary - Prior to our arrival, the hotel reached out to us to assist us in making any arrangements for activities, restaurant reservations, etc. prior to our arrival. We were provided with many suggestions and our itinerary was built around our likes and dislikes and they even took note of our dietary restrictions which was a bonus. We didn't have to worry about taking time out of our short two days at Casa De Uco to make plans and arrange activities. Everything was already done for us and we could continue to simply enjoy!
What to Know
Casa De Uco is located in the Uco Valley which is about 2-hours from the Mendoza airport. If you do not have plans to stay in Mendoza before heading to Uco Valley, we highly recommend having an early flight into Mendoza so you do not have to worry about driving in the dark. While the drive is very easy, the street signs are hard to see and it's easy to pass them even during the daytime (We passed our fair share).
Rent a Car - Everything is very spread out in the Uco Valley and a car is highly recommended. You can arrange a private driver for wine tasting and to get to and from dinner but there is quite a lot to explore and many photo opportunities that a car was great to have.
Casa De Uco is perfect for couples and honeymooners looking for an intimate getaway in the Uco Valley. It's also a great location for large groups looking for a place to rent exclusively to host a wedding or corporate event.