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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

  • Viniterra

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

  • Domaine St. Diego. Angel Mendoza

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

  • Cheval des Andes

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

  • Bodega La Azul

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

  • Gimenez Riili

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

  • Bodega Salentein

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

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Mendoza on Snooth

  • 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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    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


  • Altos las Hormigas Bonarda Colonia las Liebres 2004

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    Wine review by QuiLoxx


  • Tomero Torrontes 2012

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    Wine review by QuiLoxx


  • Acordeon Chardonnay 2012

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    A bit earthy and sandy on the nose with light lemon and petrol aromas. In the mouth it's very light and thin with medium minus acidity, showing lots of lemon flavors and just a hint of nuttiness on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Trapiche Broquel Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    Bold and peppery aromas of blackberry and dark fruit on the nose. Clean and tight in the mouth, it's smooth and easy drinking. Classic Cabernet flavors of dark cacao, baking spices and blackberry with just a touch of oaky vanilla and enough tannin to keep this interesting. Excellent for the price. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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  • I just tried Marcus James 2007 (8078) from Mendoza Argentina (La Sierra) the price in Canada is way different that in US. Appearance: light Feels: Soft, good acid Tastes: fruity (citric) It is a good wine for the price. Enjoy it

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