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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • 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

  • Durigutti

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

  • Bodega Weinert

    Founded in 1975, Bodega y Cavas de Weinert is located in Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina´s craddle for t...

  • Bodega La Azul

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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


  • Finca la Pampa Barrel Selected Pinot Noir 2016

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    I got given this bottle of wine back at Christmas and have no idea where my ... my ... of the Andes in the Mendoza region of Argentina It is 100% pinot noir and spent 6 months in oak barrels. I started the bottle last night with my supper of roast pork.There is some cherry,raspberry and cola style fruit with soft tannins that gave just suffic... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Went international last night.  Some real surprises - pleasant ones ... ... with Paul Hobbs effort from Mendoza.  After opening it turned out really well.  Easy to drink and at it's price point really worth the money.This Craggy Range merlot blend is something I've been drinking for years - it'll remain that way.Love Melville and this did not ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Nomade Malbec Mendoza Argentina 2011

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    I always appreciate the malbec coming out of south america. this was on the discount stand and i was quite certain it would be a good wine. it did not let me down. very bright, calm and distinct; it flows discreetly across the palate with no surprises, just wonderful. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Masi Tupungato Passo Doble 2013

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    Tobacco and cheryin in the nose, some spices on the back. A well integrated wine with smooth tannins. Read More

    Wine review by ebuggs


  • 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


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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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