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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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

  • Domaine St. Diego. Angel Mendoza

    Lunlunta, Mendoza, Argentina. Absolutely gorgeous boutique winery with wines you can only buy by...

  • Familia Cassone

    Surrounded by the Andes range landscape with the majestic Aconcagua Mountain on the background, F...

  • Viniterra

    The winery is placed in Luján de Cuyo, one of Mendoza finest winegrowing regions famed as the "Bi...

  • Bodega La Azul

    La Azul is just a little winery that merges into the sky. Is our own home, warm and simple, where...

  • 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...

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Mendoza on Snooth

  • Punta de Flechas Malbec 2013

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    Wine review by Teppo


  • Benmarco Malbec. Dominio del Plata 2013

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    Wine review by winelovingal


  • Catena Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    A bit dusty and earthy on the nose, mostly dark fruit character of blackberry. In the mouth this is fairly clean and medium bodied, with some dark oak and dark chocolate creeping in toward the finish after waves of blackberry and some fresh acidity to brighten the palate. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Hand of God Fingerprint Series White Blend 2012

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    Wine review by Red hot Dog


  • Hand of God Fingerprint Series Red Blend 2010

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    Wine review by Red hot Dog


  • Hand of God Old Vine Malbec 2010

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  • Hand of God Old Vine Malbec 2010

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  • Layer Cake Malbec 2013

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    Wine review by puhnner


  • Punta de Flechas Malbec 2013

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    Another Tasting Room quarterly selection; Dark and inky purple in the glass. Opens with Vanilla, lavender, and coconut, then vanilla milk chocolate, and then chocolate cola. Soft and full in the mouth with nicely balanced tannins and acidity, with some potential for aging. Long finish of just ripe black and blue berry, pine, chocolate, cream, an... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Montes 'Kaiken' Malbec 2011

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    Haven't had the 2011 but I have been a big fan of the Kaiken in general over the years. Nice mid-level Malbec. And as others mentioned like most Malbecs I've had, helps to let them breath a bit before drinking Read More

    Wine review by Substantive Style


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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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