They are famous throughout the country. And some even say they are the best. Red, juicy and glossy, Río Negro apples are already a registered trademark in the world of fruit. Of course their cultivation isn't in the entire province. Upper Río Negro Valley, an area of 100 kilometers between Neuquén and Chichinales which skirts the north of the watercourse is the privileged place from where these apples are.
The Río Negro Valley is an oasis in the middle of the Patagonian plateau. The geography of the province has lakes, mountains and forests on the west coast and cliffs in the east, but the rest is mostly plain and creosote bush. Large tracts of steppe dedicated to sheep farming. However, in the Negro River area, which cuts the north of the province, was built from the nineteenth century a true oasis that now produces perhaps the world's best apples.
In other areas of the river, down in Viedma and a half in Choele Choel also produce fruit, but fruit area for excellence of the province is what is called the "Upper Valley". An area that with the rhythm of the seasons is changing color, dyeing yellow and orange in autumn, gentle green in summer, brown in winter and pink, white and green in spring when plants begin to flower. What is said, a true spectacle.
Began to fill after the railway arrived in 1899, but consolidation was from Ballester Dam construction in 1928, which helped ensure irrigation. So the towns were developed: Neuquén, Cipolletti, General Roca, Allen, Cinco Saltos, Cervantes, Ingeniero Huergo, Villa Regina. And is characterized by productive plots that are called "chacras."
The apple is the most cultivated, but also harvested pears, peaches, nectarines, walnuts, grapes. So much so that Río Negro is the largest producer and exporter of fruit seeds of the country. This process gives rise to an entire industry of related industries such as cider, juice, wine cellars, packing warehouses and jam factories. And therefore bring their relationship to the economy of the cities that make up the Upper Valley and the province in general.
So far, this area caused astonishment among the visitors that by RN No. 22, saw how the desert was transformed suddenly into a fertile valley full of fruit and a blue plateaus or "bards" as they are called.
But there was no tourist circuit showing in full the entire production cycle and history of this region. Therefore, the Department of Culture of the Municipality of General Roca designed a complete tourist circuit to learn the history of the city and appreciate the productive-economic perfirl. "The wine and apple route" more than four hours of travel where travelers can appreciate the beauty of natural environment at the same time records the historical places where men left their step.
The trips are made with a minimum of 20 people and before you have to make reservations in the township at (02941) 431 400.