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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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...

  • Don Cristobal 1492

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

  • Bodegas Santa Ana

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

  • Layer Cake

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

  • Bodega Zuccardi

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

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Mendoza on Snooth

  • Bodega Norton Perdriel Malbec Perdriel Colección 2014

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    Thought this would be rather dry but it wasn't too bad for a malbec. Well balanced. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Trivento White Orchid Blend Torrontes Reserve Mendoza 2017

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    Wildflower and herb aromas - white pepper and lemon zest aromas. Nicely fresh and fruity palate with lemon and ripe grapefruit notes, white peach and soft berry, a spike of acidity and green apple notes towards the finish. Good balance and easy drinking fruit.90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Antigal Uno Malbec 2014

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    while this is a decent Malbec it is lighter and not as full bodied as Malbec's i have enjoyed previously Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Trapiche Broquel Malbec Mendoza 2014

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    earthy and primitive yet challenging to the palate with a mild surprise Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Domaine Bousquet Malbec Cabernet Rose Tupungato Valley 2018

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    Creamy floral notes of rose petal and watermelon with a spicy pepper note and some soft cherry. Mellow and tart on the palate on entry but developing some zest towards the finish, this is light and easy drinking with strawberry and cherry notes and a chunk of earth alongside the fruit. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Finca Wolffer Rose 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by lpearle


  • Benegas Lynch Libertad Estate Single Vineyard Old Vines Blend Mendoza 2009

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    Generous and ripe fruit notes of red currant, black cherry and toasted oak with light sawdust and earth notes. Juicy and spiced on the palate with notes of clove, cinnamon and black cherry with a darker blackberry preserve and black currant fruit coming through on the mid palate - gorgeous round mouthfeel and a balanced touch of tannin adding so... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Antigal Malbec Uno 2013

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    Gift from Mr. Dunn, 4/20/18. Mary loved it. She said it has been a while since she tasted a Malbec. Thank you, Mr. Dunn. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Familia Cassone Obra Prima Malbec Reserva 2014

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    Deep garnet coloration, with slightly rustic overtones....it is not a clear ... ... one of the softest Mendoza Malbec wines I've ever had and the 14.5% alcohol is superbly well hidden....overall this is highly drinkable and would pair well with a beef/lamb dish, and does quite nicely on its' own too.....it will be a good wine for 8-10 years b... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Layer Cake Malbec Mendoza 2015

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    I love this wine. Amazingly dry rich aromas and so flavorful. I'm stockpiling it's so good. Read More

    Wine review by Forever Red


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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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