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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

  • Gimenez Riili

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

  • Domaine St. Diego. Angel Mendoza

    Lunlunta, Mendoza, Argentina. Absolutely gorgeous boutique winery with wines you can only buy by...

  • Trivento

      Founded in 1996 by Viña Concha y Toro, Trivento Bodegas y Viñedos aims to preserve and sho...

  • Durigutti

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

  • Alfredo Roca

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

  • Bodega La Azul

    La Azul is just a little winery that merges into the sky. Is our own home, warm and simple, where...

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Mendoza on Snooth

  • 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


  • Antigal Malbec Uno 2010

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    Wine review by veriwine


  • Finca Flichman Malbec Misterio 2013

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    Not a very good Malbec. 6/10/15 @ White Lake, MI. Pared with grilled strip steak. I wonder if the quality/value ratio of this varietal is beginning to diminish? Likely will have to pay a little more than in the past to avoid the blandness I experienced in this bottle. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Alma Mora Malbec 2008

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    Affordable. Full bodied. Great color. Savory! Read More

    Wine review by jgmichael


  • Valentin Bianchi White Blend New Age NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by Jhalley


  • Alfredo Roca Malbec 2011

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    Beautiful purple color. Good acidity, and great body. Read More

    Wine review by dliverpool


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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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