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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Varietals Produced in Mendoza View all

  • Merlot

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

  • Malbec

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

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Chardonnay

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

Subregions of Mendoza

  • Maipú

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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Mendoza View all

  • Gimenez Riili

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

  • Bodegas Santa Ana

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

  • Trivento

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

  • Don Cristobal 1492

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

  • Familia Cassone

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

  • Alfredo Roca

    The winary was originaly built in 1905 and the main structure has been maintained up to these day...

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  • Finca Decero Malbec Remolinos Vineyard 2012

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    Another from Mercat. Soft and subtle, with great ripe fruit and floral nose. Medium soft and balanced tannins and medium acidity with a balanced oak component. Great long finish of more. Great pricing for this quality. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • San Pedro Epica Malbec 2013

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    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Chardonnay would have been a good pairing with this lobster tail today.  I ... of Cabernet Sauvignon (from Mendoza, Argentina) before deciding to add this lobster tail to my flat bread lunch at Seasons 52.  I still enjoyed the wine, even though its a young 2013 vintag Read More

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  • Trivento Malbec Reserve 20

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    Wine review by laverve


  • Portillo Malbec 2014

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  • Diseño Malbec 2009

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    Wine review by snoothmcgullicutty


  • Oak Cask Malbec. Trapiche 2013

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  • Trapiche Malbec 2014

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  • We have enjoyed wines from Chile, even more so since we vacationed there last ... bad we did not get up to the Mendoza region of Argentina thoug Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Conquista Malbec 2011

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    Too bitter for my taste. Initial taste of blackberry is quickly overcome by too much oaky taste. Read More

    Wine review by Lilac19


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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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