Cuyo region is a synonym of sunny lands and good wines. It is one of those areas that make difficult to choose only one tempting option, because everywhere there a lot to see and taste. Wines are part of this landscape, with mountains as mute witnesses and a blue sky clear and clean, caressing the eternal snows. These were once desert soils, but men worked hard to install the first stakes. With time, the local people specialized and began to cross the wine road. And nowadays, the varietals are among of the bests of the world. In these landscapes special beverages are born with a distinctive personality. You find have Malbec as an emblem, a wine of French origin which found here its place in the world, but it’s not the only one. It grows together with Cabernet Sauvignon, Bonarda, Syrah, Tempranillo, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc. They are just a part of a list that has in the lands of Cuyo, a place to develop all their virtues, those the traveler appreciates at each step with a glass of wine in his/her hand.
But also, as Cuyo is a land of hot days and cold nights, it gives other fruits of exceptional quality, as olives in their different types. This is why this zone is specialist in extra virgin olive oil, and its particular taste. Also it has rich dry, fresh or dehydrated fruits and vegetables of incredible quality. All is rounded by herbs that perfume the air with the touch of authentic “jarilla” (a bush tree used in medicine). Go along its roads, it is recommended to taste the meats. You can find of all kinds, and the Malargüe goat, that even has its own festival, Another typical food, impossible to miss? Empanadas in clay oven cooked with olive firewood, massed meats, cupcakes, desserts like “quimbo” eggs, ambrosía, the bars of quince or alcayota and the syrups. All sweets that have in common the long hours cooking in heaters, rocking “pailas” (large frying pans) with wood spoons to enhance a basic ingredient of the region: time. Lord and master of these soils and skies.