Mendoza, Argentina

Casa de Uco

Rates from (inc tax)$400.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21USD), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Bucolic bacchanalia


Vine-clad valley

Saddle up, gourmets and wannabe gauchos, Casa de Uco resort is the satisfying digestif at the tail end of Mendoza’s wine route. It sits atop a vast estate where you’re guaranteed unfettered views of vines and snowy Andean peaks – and superb Malbec, of course. The eco-friendly, modern hotel – designed in cool concrete and steel – cuts a striking figure against the rural backdrop. Besides the resort’s liquid assets, fresh-off-the-asado beef and estate-harvested delicacies earn a foodie following. We’ll say a hearty ‘Salud!’ to that.

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A wine-tasting with the hotel's sommelier for two


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Need to know


16, including nine suites.


12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability (charged at 50 per cent of the room rate). Earliest check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from $400.00, excluding tax at 21 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD484.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include à la carte breakfast and some non-alcoholic drinks.


In the games room guests can play pool and computer games, and flip through the large coffee-table book collection.

At the hotel

Spa, sauna, steam room, gym, tennis courts, vineyards, stables, tennis courts, asado (barbecue), living room, games room and free WiFi throughout. Bikes and helmets, a computer, laptop or iPad can be borrowed for free, on request. In rooms: a 42” flatscreen TV; a free bottle of Malbec and a seasonal platter of chocolate, nuts and <i>alfajores</i> (spiced honey and almond biscuits), Nespresso coffee machine; a minibar; an Egyptian cotton bathrobe and slippers; and Fuegia bath products.

Our favourite rooms

The lagoon-facing rooms on the top floor have a glass frontage for full-on scenery. There’s a private balcony too, and the sleek modern bath tubs (they’ll fit two if you don’t mind a close encounter) are right by the floor-to-ceiling windowpane. There’s a curtain if you’re feeling shy. When built, the concrete-and-steel Bungalows will look like villas from the future, with Corbusier-esque clean-cut modernism and rooftop Jacuzzis.


The unheated outdoor pool looms over the lagoon on a concrete platform. The hotel sits along one side and sunloungers are scattered about, but swim to the infinity edge and you’re immersed in timeless Mendocenean <i>terroir</i>. It’s large enough for lazy laps, and a Jacuzzi bubbles away to one side.


The minimalist mod spa offers vinotherapy and hydrotherapy treatments. There's an aromatic cedar sauna and wet sauna, steam room and relaxation area. There's a fitness centre too and an open-air Jacuzzi and solarium.

Packing tips

A star chart so you can impress your partner when peeking through the top-floor telescope.


The hotel’s common areas are wheelchair friendly, and the ground-floor Cordón del Plata room has been adapted for mobility-impaired guests.


Over-12s can stay, but most activities require ID, so it’s best to leave the kids at home.


Low-energy equipment and solar panels are used throughout, and grass and wildflowers poke through the hotel’s ‘green roof’. The herbicide- and pesticide-free estate grows everything from Swiss chard to fava beans in the kitchen garden, and the central man-made lagoon (filled with run-off water from the Andes) is used for low-impact irrigation.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Sit by any window and marvel at nature’s handiwork. For a quiet drink together, the upstairs lounge has fragrant candles, cosy throws and a telescope for stargazing.

Dress Code

There’s nothing but vines for miles around, so no one will bat an eyelid if you dine in that day’s riding gear (although try not to clash with the staff’s smart uniform of blue shirts and white jodhpurs).

Hotel restaurant

Produce is grown on the sizeable estate or neighbouring farms. Mod-Argentinean dishes by chef Pablo Torres are designed around hauls from the hotel’s garden, artfully finished with home-grown herbs, seeds and flowers. Contemporary with soft leather sofas and all tables set close to the huge windows, the restaurant’s outdoorsy hues, warm woods and pretty plants invite nature in.

Hotel bar

Sommelier Juan Pablo Nieva has sipped his way through many a Malbec (among other wines) and his recommendations are duly reliable. Swap tasting notes with other guests in the sociable wine lounge. Alternatively, imagine you’re a nostalgic wine baron and wander through the hotel with your glass, stopping to gaze wistfully over your crop; summon a waiting staff member if you need a top up. A wide wine spectrum is celebrated here, from chartreuse sauvignon to carmine pinot noir.

Last orders

Breakfast runs from 7am to 11am. Lunch is served from 12 noon to 3pm and dinner from 7pm to 11pm.

Room service

The full menu is available during restaurant hours. If you need a late-night pick-me-up, a bartender will shake up a cocktail of your choosing and bring it straight to your door.


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Casa de Uco
Route 94, kilometer 14.5, Road to Manzano Histórico
Tunuyán, Uco Valley


The closest international hub is Governor Francisco Gabrielli Airport, a two-hour drive from the hotel. Aerolineas Argentinas ( runs frequent two-hour flights there from Buenos Aires and 45-minute flights from Santiago in Chile.


The hotel’s remote setting makes driving necessary, but you’ll be rewarded with emerald- or ochre-tinged views, depending on the time of year, and mighty mountain-topped vistas. From the airport, reach the hotel via National Route 40, Route 92 then Route 94. There’s an Avis booth at the airport, and free parking at the hotel.

Worth getting out of bed for

Casa de Uco’s estate lends itself to simple pleasures: soaking in the pool, sipping a glass of wine or strolling through the vines. There are bikes to borrow for bombing through the vines, or you can hop on horseback – accompanied by a well-trained member of staff – for a peaceful trot through the surrounding wide-open spaces. A surfeit of wineries ensures that the Uco Valley’s cup runs over. Malbec and sémillon are the big names here, but diverse terroir yields some excellent Chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and pinot noir too. The Vines of Mendoza’s Uco Valley outpost (+54 261 632 1768), a 20-minute drive from the hotel, is said to be one of the best; here you can learn about the fermentation process, taste from the barrels, and blend your own wines, all with awe-inspiring Andean views. Bodegas Salentein (+54 262 242 9500), a 40-minute drive away, rivals the hotel for eye-catching modernist architecture, and its oak-barrel-aged wines aren’t half bad either. Guests whose sense of adventure stretches beyond their palate can hike the Andean foothills.


Photos Casa de Uco – Mendoza – Argentina

Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this Andes-sheltered wine resort in Mendoza and unpacked their newfound wine knowledge and a selection of small-batch bottles, a full account of their luxury gourmet break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's the first pressing from Casa De Uco in Argentina…

With wineries popping up like corks throughout, the Mendoza region won’t be running dry anytime soon. However, luxury resort Casa de Uco rises to the surface by creating the ultimate wine-drinking ambience: cosy lounge sofas plonked in front of scenes so charmingly rural that you may be subject to spontaneous poetry. The sun-washed terraces have fleet-footed bottle-bearers, and the rooms invite nature in, but keep prying eyes out. The eco-friendly building channels Futurism, yet welcomes and warms on the inside, and days spent horse riding and biking are topped off with tastings. Even better, there are plentiful spots for a pleasantly giddy pair to cuddle up in and watch the sunset then stargaze.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Casa de Uco’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Breathtaking vistas, incredible hospitality and awesome food.

Don’t expect

Hustle and bustle.


Stayed on 8 Aug 2015

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