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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Malbec

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

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

  • Bodegas Benegas

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

  • Gimenez Riili

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

  • Viniterra

    The winery is placed in Luján de Cuyo, one of Mendoza finest winegrowing regions famed as the "Bi...

  • 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...

  • Bodegas Santa Ana

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

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Mendoza on Snooth

  • Layer Cake Malbec Mendoza 2013

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    Ack, sharp, undrinkable Read More

    Wine review by melellsworth


  • Last night we took our friends Beth & Greg out to dinner and a show to ... ... the 'Enamore' from Mendoza, Argentina.  Greg loves a good Cabernet Sauvignon though and I knew I needed something with that grape varietal.  So last night I was looking for something similar (to the Enamore) from Mendoza, and I found this wonderful 2010 Bodegas CARO... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Bodega Renacer Punto Final Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    Cooked hay on the nose with tar and blackberry underneath the burnt toast. Hot and spicy in the mouth with some red fruit showing amongst the spice and heat. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Avenida 67 Torrontes 2013

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    Another good bargain from 67. It is a middle of the road white, not very fruity, or dry, or sweet, or anything really, but pleasant overall. Read More

    Wine review by Slipstream


  • We finally saw "Book of Mormon" last night at The Kennedy Center in ... in ... a very nice red from Mendoza Argentina called Enamore - a blend of Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Bonarda.  Boy, was this a great wine - and only around $45 for the bottle in the restaurant and about $20-$25 retail if you can find it.  It wasn't on ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Continuing the syrah thing, I opened this Mendoza edition this evening with our BLTs (tomatoes from the garden - nothing better.This is an interesting Argentinian syrah. Loads of dark fruit on the nose. On the palate is ripe black cherry, a touch of smoke, tar, and a bit of heat from the 15% abv. This is a fairly big but one dimensional syrah th... Read More

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  • Bodega Calle El Necio Reserva Syrah 2012

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    Interesting Argentinian syrah. Loads of dark fruit on the nose. On the palate is ripe black cherry, a touch of smoke, tar, and a bit of heat from the 15% abv. This is a fairly big but one dimensional syrah that probably could use more air or age than what I've given it. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Busy day today, general management and planning for several projects in the ... 2013 from San Juan, north of Mendoza, in Argentina. An OK match. The wine was a mite too warm and needed more breathing time but handled the ham and cheese well enough. Light oak (besides what seemed like French some American as well but it wasn't obnoxious), green... Read More

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  • El Enemigo Cabernet Franc 2011

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    This is the best cab franc I have ever had. It is a glorious bordeaux-style wine. Enjoy it with steak or lamb. It is big, robust, and fruity without going over the top. Great balance. Read More

    Wine review by ncmathsadist


  • Zuccardi Malbec Malamado 2012

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    Clear, strawberry colors with hints of cherry juice in color. Aromas of jellied grape, rich dark fruits like plum, black cherry, raisin, and undertones of alcohol, black currant and licorice! The flavors follow very closely with added notes of vanilla bean, maple/butterscotch and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is sweet, smooth and left to air for ... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


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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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