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Tupungato is a department located in the province of Mendoza, Argentina. The cabecera (departmental capital), Tupungato, is located approximately 70 km south of Mendoza city, in the Valle de Uco.

Tupungato

Departamento Tupungato
location of Tupungato Department in Mendoza Province
location of Tupungato Department in Mendoza Province
Coordinates: 33°15′S 69°15′W / 33.250°S 69.250°W / -33.250; -69.250
CountryArgentina
EstablishedNovember 8, 1858
Founded by?
SeatTupungato
Government
 • MayorJoaquín Alberto Rodríguez, PJ
Area
 • Total2 km2 (0.8 sq mi)
Population
 • Total28,539 (2,001 census [INDEC])
Demonym(s)tupungatense
Postal Code
M5561
IFAM
Area Code02622
Patron saint?
Websitehttp://www.tupungato.mendoza.gov.ar

Its name comes from the Tupungato volcano (at 6,570 metres, one of Argentina's highest peaks). The volcano's name is said to mean "star viewpoint" in the Huarpe language.[citation needed]

The department is approximately 1,200 metres above mean sea level, and comprises 2.485 km² (1.6% of the provincial total). According to the 2001 census [INDEC], the total population of the department was 28,539 with a density of 11.48 inhabitants per km².

The region is mainly dependent on agricultural production, with vineyards being its most important produce, representing 30% of the planted lands. Other regional products are fruit (mainly peach) and garlic. The wine industry, however, is particularly relevant due to the constant investments and intensive labour occupation. Recent developments in the Argentine economy have further fuelled the Argentine wine industry, attracting foreign investors and tourists to the region.

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