Partnership since: 2019
Population: approx. 33.000
Location: The city of Tupungato is located in the west of the Argentine province of Mendoza, around 70 kilometres from the provincial capital of the same name. It is one of the most important cities in the Uco Valley. There is also an airport in Mendoza. It is around 1.000 kilometres to Buenos Aires.
Some of the highest mountains in South America can be seen from the city, such as the famous Tupungato volcano on the border with Chile.
Mayor: Gustavo Soto
Social Media: @MunicipalidaddeTupungato
Establishing the friendship
The friendly contacts with the Argentine city go back to the visit of the then Argentine ambassador Edgardo Malaroda in Bietigheim-Bissingen, who visited the city in December 2017 on the occasion of the women's handball world championship. A first visit by representatives of the city administration in Tupungato took place in February 2019. These first contacts have solidified and in October 2019, the declaration of friendship between the two cities was signed in the presence of the municipal council.
The city was founded in 1858. It is named after the nearby 6.550-meter high volcanic mountain. The name in the language of the indigenous people is "viewpoint of the stars."
Before the arrival of the Spaniards around 1550, the area of Tupungato was populated by the Huarpe ethnic group. Around 1480, the region was partially subject to the Incan Empire.
The climate at the foot of the Andes is dry and there is little rainfall. Nevertheless, the rivers from the mountains provide water.
The economy is shaped by its wine production. Numerous wineries also offer overnight stays. Agriculture, which also includes fruit and vegetable processing, is the most important economic sector. Walnuts from the area are also very famous. Since the rise of the Uco Valley, a true Argentine wine dorado, the city of Tupungato has been expanding continuously. Tupungato is one of the wealthiest cities in the country.
Hikers will enjoy a stop in the Tupungato Provincial Park, not far from the city. In this park, the snow-capped Tupungato volcano can be admired.
Other tourist offers include hiking in the mountains, fishing, horse riding and nature adventure sports.
The Andeluna winery at the foot of the volcano is also worth a trip. It is one of the best wineries in the region.