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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Bodega Zuccardi

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

  • Dominio del Plata

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

  • Viniterra

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

  • Bodegas Benegas

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

  • Finca SOPHENIA

    Following the advice of Michel Rolland, Finca SOPHENIA has made its dream true: preparing great w...

  • Layer Cake

      Layer Cake is a wine brand created by Jayson Woodbridge, winemaker of the cult Californ...

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Mendoza on Snooth

  • Nomade Malbec Mendoza Argentina 2011

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    the fresh crisp taste was a surprise, brought the feeling of a fall day to mind and this Malbec is aging well. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Gougenheim Malbec 2015

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    Binny's 1/31/2018. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Trapiche Melodias Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

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    I like the flavuor Read More

    Wine review by cane


  • Trapiche Melodias Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

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    "mipiaccionoitreni" Read More

    Wine review by jave


  • Nuna Syrah Lujan de Cuyo 2015

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    Dusty, dry and brooding earth and smoke aromas with black cherry and blackberry fruit notes. Tart sweet spice flavors of black cherry and blackberry on the palate with puckering acidity and drying tannins sucking all of the liquid out of the mouth on the finish, leaving behind only hot spice and candied licorice and cola notes. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Nuna Field White Lujan de Cuyo 2016

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    Light honey and white blossom aromas with some green apple. A bit emollient in the mouth, some oak profile with tart citrus, a bit of peach and green apple and a finish of toast. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Nuna Bonarda Lujan de Cuyo 2015

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    Dry, tarry and earthy with a hidden fruit note of blackberry. Tart and floral on the palate with a chunky blackberry note and a bit of sharp acidity, burnt espresso and black olive on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Gouguenheim Valle Escondido Red Melosa Mendoza 2011

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    Creamy vanilla aromas of cherry, raspberry and blackberry preserves. Zesty acidity and bright fruit flavors of blueberry and cherry are very expressive and generous on the palate with fresh baking spice coming through on the mid palate and a dark cocoa finish. Refreshing and flavorful. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Domaine Bousquet Chardonnay Pinot Noir Brut Mendoza

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    Musky earthy aromas of sandy soil and clay on the nose with hints of peach, melon and dried sage. Continues to be earthy and concentrated on the palate with lemon and grapefruit citrus fruit, floral peach and dried apricot and a pervasive leesy earth throughout that's dusty and drying. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Chakana Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Uco Valley 2015

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    Chalky cherry and milk chocolate aromas with raspberry cream and floral notes. Nice complexity on the palate, assertive and fruity on entry and throughout with bright cherry and plum notes, tart cranberry and puckering acidity on the mid palate with a streak of tannins and earth on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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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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