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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  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

  • Malbec

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

  • 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...

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

  • Alfredo Roca

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

  • Bodegas Benegas

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

  • Bodega Salentein

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

  • Cheval des Andes

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

  • Don Cristobal 1492

    Latinfina S.A., organized as a corporation (“sociedad anónima”) and validly existing under the la...

  • Bodega Renacer

    Bodega Renacer is a boutique winery located in Lujan de Cuyo-Mendoza. Lujan is considered as o...

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Mendoza on Snooth

  • Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec 2011

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    Wine review by ngskare


  • Vineyards Malbec. Trapiche 2013

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    Wine review by derekrj


  • Bodega Norton 'Reserva' Malbec 2010

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Sandra was working late last night - didn't get home until 8 PM.  None ... Cruz Alta vineyards in the Mendoza region of  Argentina.  I did sense the strong tannins (not my favorite thing mind you) but there was an abundance of fruit so it was pretty tasty with our pasta dinner.  I might add that we paired this with watching "Whose Line is it An... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Catena Malbec 2008

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    Very bold Read More

    Wine review by gmoserc


  • Dominic Hentall Chardonnay Argentina 2013

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    A Naked Wines selection. Extremely easy drinking and sipping, Seemed like a champagne without the fizz, very little oak, but loads of mineral and peach/apricot notes and an overall balance. At a list of $24 though, seems overpriced, but at Angel price of $11, a steal. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Perdriel Coleccion Mendoza Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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    An inky dark wine with a complex nose of dark chocolate and raspberry. Moderate tannin, lighter body than I was expecting. Has a somewhat astringent character that I didn't like. Best to drink in 2016 - 2020, as it is way too young now. An enjoyable wine but I would not say delicious. My rating -- 90. Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko


  • Valle las Nencias Malbec Reserve 2011

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    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • Ernesto Catena Bonarda Tahuan 2010

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    Harsh. Absolutely hated. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Antigal Malbec Uno 2010

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    Anna likes this. It's smooth with minimal end notes Read More

    Wine review by Lhers


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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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