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Tupungato, Mendoza, Argentina

Being located in the west of Argentina, Mendoza, nationally and internationally is a well known city as the “land of the sun and the good wine”. Its geo-climatic characteristics favor the growth and development of crops, especially the vineyard’s.

72 km southwest from the capital, the department of Tupungato is located. It was created in the year 1858. It’s known for its different terrain’s types, the mountains, the hills and its numerous water courses that come from the Cordón del Plata, Las Tunas river is the most important one.

At its beginning, Tupungato’s activities were around stockbreeding and agriculture. Later, under the influence of the rivers and brooks, the first vineyard and fruit trees plantations appeared. Nowadays the fruit activity, in all its varieties, is the one that stands out, being the vineyards, and the walnuts and cherry production the most important ones.

The exploitation of walnut trees is what distinguishes the department as “the walnut’s capital” because it represents more than the 5% of the surface of the province production and the 35% of the department with around 100.000 plants.

Beside the walnut production there is also the vineyard crop, representing the 10% of the cultivated areas from the region, and the production of cherry trees with the 25% of the provincial surface and the 30% of the departmental one with more than 80.000 plants.

Tupungato’s fruits are of excellent quality because of its unique flavors, sizes and colors. This is the result of the special conjunction between the ground, the weather and the water of this region with the excellent conditions that the land workers give to it. These conditions allow the crops to be processed in several ways: fresh, dry and packaged, and also as sweets.

It’s also important to highlight other region’s crops like the vegetable’s one (with a total production of 5.500 hectares, representing the 30% of the surface); the garlic, the carrot and the onion (occupying important areas of cultivation, that surpasses the 35% from the region’s crops total), and the potato (representing the 55% of the cultivated surface with 3.300 hectares).

The potatoes’ crop makes Tupungato the biggest potato producer in Mendoza, offering a high quality product because of its size, presentation and flavor thanks to the use of advanced technologies for: the production of seeds (initiated by local producers) its crop and development.

Because of all this, Tupungato represents a region of work and growth; being privileged by the nature it does not only displays an incredible beauty but, also, a creative and beneficial force for all that is originated and developed in its lands.