Mendoza Wine

Mendoza is by far the largest and most prolific wine region in all of Argentina. It’s part of the larger, Cuyo region, in the west of the country, bordering the Andes, which provide a good deal of climate protection. The area is mostly hot and dry, but there is some natural river irrigation, particularly from the Mendoza from which it is named. The biggest threat is from the dry, “Zonda” winds, which have been known to damage the grapes. Many of the vineyards are high altitude, some crazy, dizzyingly high, with published reports of as high as 5600 feet above sea level. This allows for precisioned grape-growing for maximum ripeness and temperature control. The soils tend to be alluvial clay (sand over clay). Because the harvest season is predictably warm and dry from year to year, there is little vintage variation and wine-makers have advantageous control over the styles of wine and varietals produced.

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  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Malbec

    History of the grape: Some believe Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who spread plantings along the French co...

Subregions of Mendoza

  • Maipú

    Maipu is a subregion of Mendoza, part of the larger Cuyo region in Argentina. It is situated ju...

  • Uco Valley

    This region -which has experienced the greatest growth in the past few years- comprises the depar...

  • Lujan de Cuyo

    Lujan de Cuyo is a subregion of Mendoza, both part of the larger Cuyo wine region in Argentina....

  • San Rafael

      San Rafael is a wine producing region within Mendoza, all part of the Cuyo region in Argen...

  • Santa Rosa

Popular Wineries in Mendoza View all

  • Bodegas Santa Ana

    The place where you grow up and live great moments of your life is very important... because of t...

  • Bodegas Benegas

    It is located in the Luján de Cuyo region, carril Ardoz (off route 60), 300 meters from its inter...

  • Gimenez Riili

    The Gimenez Riili Family has had a tradition in viticulture since 1945, when Don Pedro Gimenez ch...

  • Dominio del Plata

    Dominio del Plata is a family-owned and run project of Susana Balbo (Enologist) and Pedro Marc...

  • Durigutti

    We Are Family Durigutti, growers and wine makers. A family with tradition of European culture t...

  • Don Cristobal 1492

    Latinfina S.A., organized as a corporation (“sociedad anónima”) and validly existing under the la...

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Mendoza on Snooth

  • Best in Show: Dragon Provence Rose Cuvee 20162nd Place: Scalia De Priorat  ... Finca Sophenia Chardonnay Mendoza Andes Argentina 20155 Stars: Thanks to this community of wine loving fans...All of the wines were appreciated and enjoyed and  All of the wines were ordered for the Holidays. Every on Read More

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  • Old Winery Mendoza Argentina Bonarda 2016

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    Wow! what a wonderful rendition of a great variety: a very unique flavor. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • I am most excited to try the Mendoza Chardonnay. Sophenia Finca Reserve.& We all know that Catena had success with Chardonnay in Andes Mountains/ Mendoza Argentina.   Read More

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  • Decero Malbec Remolinos Vineyard Agrelo, Mendoza 2013

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    Muddy Cranberry coloration, with blackness against light and reddish hues around the rim....semi opaque. Aromas that are of heavy leather, tobacco, deep rooted spice, slight booze notes until it gets a little air, soil, Earth, and a charred oaky smoke aroma that lingers throughout the experience. Flavors follow suit with heavy leather, tobacco... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Mapema Malbec 2004

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    Wine review by jennking77


  • The Gaucho Club 2011

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    This Malbec pours a beautifully aged tawny color with the end of the fresh purple and raspberry juice hues lingering around the rim. Clarity is nice as well.....The aromas are most definitely oak rich, meaty and full of charred Earth. With some oxygen however, things round out and the subtle spice of the Malbec grape shines through, along with... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Tilia Bonarda 2015

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    Very aromatic with blackberry, plum, mocha, spice with plenty of acidity and smooth tannins. Well done. Drink now -89 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Tilia Bonarda 2015

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    Wine review by effell


  • Flor de Naranja Lujan de Cuyo Torrontes 2016

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    A recent Tasting Room selection. White, pale silver gold in the glass. Medium low viscosity. Opens with red berry yeast; then lime rose petal and elderflower; then more floral notes and a bit of slate and fresh wood. Much of this carries over to the palate. Medium dry with loads of acidity and medium light body. As it opens the acidity mellows o... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Trivento Malbec Reserve Mendoza 2015

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    Wow - this was tremendous for the money spent. A solid body of dark cherry, plum and blackberry with pepper, mocha, chocolate and a little dirt. This are smooth and the acidity is well balanced - really, really good. Drink now - 90 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


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  • Mendoza is the center of Argentina’s wine industry and accounts for approximately 70% of the country’s total output. Nearly all the major wineries are concentrated in this province. Its signature grape is the Malbec. The climate and terroir in Mendoza are the ideal setting for the full expression of this grape variety. The beauty of Mendoza's do...

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  • I am planning a trip to Mendoza and would love some advice on which wineries to visit. Thanks.

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