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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Cheval des Andes

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

  • Gimenez Riili

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

  • Durigutti

    We Are Family Durigutti, growers and wine makers. A family with tradition of European culture t...

  • Dominio del Plata

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

  • Bodegas Santa Ana

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

  • Finca Flichman

    Finca Flichman is a winery in Barrancas, in the Maipu Valley of Mendoza, Argentina. Is is name...

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Mendoza on Snooth

  • Alamos Malbec 2013

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    This was aged well and has improved dramatically since first tasting 2 yrs ago. The fruit is pronounced with blackberry, dark cherry, purple pansy, earth and mocha notes driving to lingering finish. 86 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Santa Julia Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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    The look of this one is ever so slightly opaque, rusty red/brown in color and with residual sugars & skin pigments about. Aromas are fruity and deep, with reminders of blackberry, currant, subdued spicy peppercorn, and Earthy tones like soil and pine needle. The flavors are dark, and of dried black fruits (plum, berries, and prune), leather, pe... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Absolutely -- I've been enjoying a Domaine Bousquet Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina recently. It's fantastic and very affordable. Has dark fruity overtones with an oak cask kick to it. Very nice, would recommend.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth! I am new --...


  • Matias Riccitelli Hey Malbec! Mendoza 2015

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    Pinched red fruit aromas with a pleasant herbal dried basil and black pepper note coming through. Concentrated mixed berry, cherry and crushed flower petal notes on the palate with dark chocolate mousse and a hint of espresso on the finish, turning floral again before trailing off towards an earthy spice. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • 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


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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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