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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  • 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...

  • Malbec

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Cheval des Andes

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

  • Layer Cake

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

  • Trivento

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

  • Finca SOPHENIA

    Following the advice of Michel Rolland, Finca SOPHENIA has made its dream true: preparing great w...

  • Bodegas Etchart

    Bodegas Etchart was founded in the year 1850, in La Florida, Cafayate, province of Salta, Argenti...

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Mendoza on Snooth

  • Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Malbec 2008 2008

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    Wine review by jcthomas44


  • Los Cardos Malbec 2015

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    The coloration is cherry with purple hues....nice clarity! Aromas of heavy cigar tobacco, leather, peppercorn spice, cinnamon heat, woodsy Earth, berries, beef and some alcohol warmth. The flavors follow suit, with the finish being tart like and of high bush cranberry & raspberry. I get some damp leather and warm spice as well....light on the... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Vendaval Mendoza Argentina Malbec 2014

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    it seemed to fresh to me, a person who has grown accustomed to a bold ancient distinct flavor of this cuvee Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Santa Julia Brut Rose Mendoza

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    Light cherry and strawberry aromas with a touch of cream. Puckeringly acidic in the mouth, tart and refreshing with beautifully floral and ripe cherry and strawberry fruit and a warming finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • J. Opi a.k.a Rodolfo Sadler Malbec 2015

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    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • Trapiche Varietals Pinot Noir 2012

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    Wine review by DCE


  • Alta Vista Classic Torrontés 2011

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    rather deeply yellow with slight green touches, intense honeyed nose, grapefruit and minerals on palate Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Domaine Bousquet Malbec Reserve Tupungato Valley 2013

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    Cherry and strawberry notes on the nose with tart berry notes. A slight green note on the attack leads into ripe cherry, cranberry and raspberry notes, licorice and zesty spice with notes of dark chocolate and mineral earth richness on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Bodega Norton Privada Mendoza 2011

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    Friggin' wonderful - full, chewy, dark berry fruits, pepper, chocolate, oak and forest floor all framed with an excellent balance between tannins and acidity. This can sit for another 2-3 yrs but can be enjoyed now. 91 points Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Bodega Norton Privada Mendoza 2011

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    Wine review by eyetalian


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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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