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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Malbec

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

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

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  • Dominio del Plata

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

  • Bodegas Etchart

    Bodegas Etchart was founded in the year 1850, in La Florida, Cafayate, province of Salta, Argenti...

  • Finca SOPHENIA

    Following the advice of Michel Rolland, Finca SOPHENIA has made its dream true: preparing great w...

  • Viniterra

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

  • Layer Cake

      Layer Cake is a wine brand created by Jayson Woodbridge, winemaker of the cult Californ...

  • Trivento

      Founded in 1996 by Viña Concha y Toro, Trivento Bodegas y Viñedos aims to preserve and sho...

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  • Alamos Chardonnay Mendoza 2015


    Lemon, grapefruit and green apple aromas with hints of white peach. Melon and lemon flavors on the palate, good full mouthfeel and texture with some spice on the finish following a soft acidity and a base of creaminess. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Mira Vos Mendoza Malbec 2014


    A recent Tasting Room selection. Semi-opaque Garnet Red. Opens with Cherry/Spice; Nutmeg & Black Pepper; a bit of Orange Peel zing and Alcohol burn; Somewhat tannic mouthful, though overall smooth and easy. Finishes with Cherry/Plum and more Cherry, Oak and Smoke. Not too bad, seemed somewhat thin and not quite as bold compared to other Malbecs. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Domaine Bousquet Grande Reserve Malbec Tupungato Valley 2013


    Elegant and smooth red fruit notes of raspberry, red currant and black cherry on the nose with candied plum and sweet floral violet aromas. The rich and round palate carries itself assertively with thick and ripe raspberry and cherry flavors, smooth texture and well balanced structure. On the finish this has great length with black fruit flavors... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Alamos Malbec 2015


    Earthy and smoky raspberry and strawberry aromas. Quite earthy and dry in the mouth with strong, drying tannins and a short finish of blackberry and a touch of eucalyptus. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Finca Flichman Gestos Cabernet Sauvignon 2014


    Had I known the origin, I would not have purchased this. This was characteristically dry. Red and black fruits were present with pepper. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899

  • Las Perdices Malbec 2013


    Had this with Lunch at Maguires in Addison a month ago. Nice simple little number. Soft, round mouthful, with loads of spice, deep dark fruit with nicely balanced low Tannins and Acidity. Can't see this improving any with age - an everyday drinker. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Famiglia Bianchi Malbec 2011


    Had this one with dinner last evening. After getting past the 'barnyard' aromas, the wine was just fine - tight and dry with bright tannins and acidity. Loads of earth and spice and near ripe fruit. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Ruca Malen Kinien de Don Raul 2011


    Velvety and smooth aromas of dark plum, dates and blackberries with vanilla creaminess and a pleasant chalky oak note. On the palate this really shows its complexity and is assertive from entry with powerful chocolate and mixed berry notes, baking spice and pleasant earthiness, tart focused acidity brightening the mid palate and sharpening to a ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Ruca Malen Petit Verdot Reserva 2013


    Light black pepper and red licorice notes on the nose with dark blackberry fruit and soft floral spice. Dark chocolate and blackberry fruit with smoky earth character and a perfect balance between the bright acidity and the structure coming in right from the start all supported by the complexity of ripe fruit, earthy minerality and a brooding fi... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Zolo Signature Red 2012


    Wine Sellers of Saugatuck, 8/2016. I have always been a fan of red blends, and I know that makes me a low brow to some, but to me they are just tastier (of course not all) and more drinkable than most red varietals in my price range. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

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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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