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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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 Benegas

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

  • Bodega Zuccardi

    The equipment in our winery allows us to optimize all the necessary resources in the productio...

  • Bodegas Etchart

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

  • Gimenez Riili

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

  • Familia Cassone

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

  • Don Cristobal 1492

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

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  • Blackcabra Mendoza Argentina Torrontes 2012


    Wine Sellers of Saugatuck, 10/15 Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Cheers, and thanks for giving us a fun topic to riff off of and discuss, ... ... Ponte Malbec (sourced from Mendoza grapes), it's got more fruit but also more chewy tannin than the first 2014 Lapierre Beaujolais Morgon I opened, which is also real nice, but is in need of food to go with it. Still waiting for the food over her Read More

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  • That would make for a very interesting tasting Duncan, to taste a few from the ... ... are from an old site in Mendoza, and labeled as 15% Abv. Expecting a fruit/alcohol bomb, but we'll se Read More

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  • Cahors is a region in France, just as Mendoza is a region in Argentina. Argentine malbecs are generally larger, higher in alcohol, 'rounder' and sweeter. What some people call fruit bombs, though there are exceptions. The sweet fruitiness is generally what makes them so approachable by new drinkers. It's easier for the grape to produce that much... Read More

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  • Very possible Red, that some or many the Malbec vines in Mendoza were grafted from Cahors France. In Cahors, they usually blend in some Merlot which makes it interesting. The wines are typically a little lower in alcohol, maybe a little more tannin and acidity.However, what makes Mendoza a special place for Malbec is the elevation. It's unfortun... Read More

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  • Thank you Duncan. You have created a question in my mind about Cahors France. ... France. Isnt the grape in a mendoza Malbec an export from the gapes in cahors ? I think I read somewhere those grapes were nearly wiped out in some natural disaster event like a drought or something but that some precious vines were taken to Argentina and took we... Read More

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  • Hello wine lovers. Im a newby. I find that I love a Mendoza Malbec  like its oxygen and Nineteen Crimes cab is to die for ( althouth not in the way some of the criminals may have in route to australia) . I also am enjoying some less complex but well balanced red blends like Apothic. My favorite malbec so far is Alamos and Cigar Box is pretty nic... Read More

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  • Crios de Susana Balbo Torrontes 2014


    Another option for a full bodied white wine. Great choice for turkey. If you like chardonnay, sauvignon blanc or viognier you will like torrontes. Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105

  • Gascon Reserve Malbec 2009


    good inexpensive Malbec Read More

    Wine review by w1n3r

  • Colores del Sol Malbec Reserva 2014


    Loved it. Read More

    Wine review by calywa

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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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