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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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 Santa Ana

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

  • Gimenez Riili

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

  • Alfredo Roca

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

  • Bodega Salentein

    The magnificent bodega, designed for both form and function in the shape of a cross, allows for c...

  • 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...

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Mendoza on Snooth

  • Fox, obviously your cellar needs some strengthening.  ... (2/28/16).  Jonas Mendoza  |  7 in stock  |  $99.99 Produttori del Barbaresco 1970 Barbaresco 3.78 L   |  2 in stock  |  $489.99 Produttori del Barbaresco 1970 Barbaresco Moccagatta  |  1 in stock  |  $159.99 Produttori del Barbaresco 1970 Barbaresco Ovello  |  1 in stock  |  $159.99 Pro... Read More

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  • Aruma Malbec 2014

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    Great wine! Read More

    Wine review by jean francois


  • Bodega Norton Extra Brut Mendoza

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    Fresh lemon and pear aromas with light potpourri notes. The floral notes continue on to the palate where light peach, apple and grapefruit notes mix with good acidity and a pleasantly viscous mouthfeel, finishing with a bit more lemon and an oak note. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Had to suffer through too many mediocre wines tonight: an atrocious Nahe kerner ... riesling Auslese, and from Mendoza a horrible throat jerking malbec following a so-so cab.The salvation, at least relatively speaking, was a merlot blend (60% merlot, 13% cab franc, 7% cab sauv, 9% malbec, 11% syrah) from Limoux (Languedoc), 2012 Baron'Arques. W... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Tikal Naturalmalbec-Syrah Mendoza 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by DTR789WSD


  • Bodegas Nieto Senetiner Bonarda Argentina Lujan de Cuyo 2013

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    This is the regular release of Nieto Sentineter's 2013 Bonarda. This was a $5.99 Grocery Outlet special, of what is normally about a $12-14 wine in the US. Medium depth, nice long mid palate. Curranty, rich, savory warm flavors, definitely an Italian style of wine - if this is typical of the varietal, it's no mystery to me why this grape was m... Read More

    Wine review by Dougman


  • Gato Negro Malbec 2013

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    Binny's 3/2017. Better than the much more expensive Reserva Rioja I had tonight. That is not saying much, but the good news is this bottle of wine was just slightly more expensive than milk. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Santa Julia Chenin Dulce Natural 2016

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    No written review

    Wine review by wenwyia


  • Piattelli Vineyards Malbec Grand Reserve 2013

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    Not a wine I'd put away, but a VERY nice wine @ this price point, drinkable now. A classic malbec. Read More

    Wine review by God of War


  • Santa Julia Organic Cabernet 2010

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    Good for the price, easy drinking, not acidic. No real back bone millennial wine for sure. Read More

    Wine review by tbonetone


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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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