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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Cheval des Andes

    A joint venture between Terrazas de los Andes and the legendary Château Cheval Blanc in Bordeaux....

  • Familia Cassone

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

  • Bodega Zuccardi

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

  • 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...

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Mendoza on Snooth

  • Antigal Uno Malbec 2014

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    this Malbec is just perfect, strong, full and pleasant in flavor: not too tart, not too sweet. this wine was oaked very nicely . Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Susana Balbo Crios Rose of Malbec 2017

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    Binny's 9/2019. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Alamos Malbec 2017

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    Ruby red black cherry juice in color with an oily film created around the inside of the wine glass and even a slight rusty tinge around the outer rim of liquid. The aromas are of deep yet firm blackberry, dark cherry, chokecherry, woodsy oak tannin and slight vanilla peppery spice. On the palate, more fruit forward berry, dry Earthy tannin, an... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Zuccardi Q Valle de Uco Argentina Malbec 2016

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    a very strong yet supple wine with distinctness all its own. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Mine was a crappy Malbec from Mendoza. Reason was we'd already had a lot of wine in the afternoon and just wanted something to pair with a crappy western starring Henry Fonda.Tonight we will do better. Read More

    Forum post in the topic What's your Choice of Wine...


  • Finca El Origen Malbec Gran Reserva 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Santa Julia Malbec Rose Mendoza 2017

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    Strawberry, cranberry and raspberry aromas with some citrus and a light green note on the nose. In the mouth this is soft and delicate with a creamy mouthfeel and fruit flavors of chunky watermelon and strawberry, turning a bit floral on the finish with some funky earth notes. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Gato Negro Malbec 2017

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    Binny's 1/2019. No great shakes, but it did taste like wine. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Atamisque Catalpa Assemblage 2013

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    Smooth and yummy. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • Susana Balbo Crios Torrontes 2016

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    Binny's 12/2018. 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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