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.

Once famed for its pink-skinned grapes Criolla Grande and Cereza, Mendoza is now Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Mendoza View all

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Malbec

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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

  • Viniterra

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

  • Don Cristobal 1492

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

  • Dominio del Plata

    Dominio del Plata is a family-owned and run project of Susana Balbo (Enologist) and Pedro Marc...

  • Durigutti

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

  • Bodegas Etchart

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

  • Familia Cassone

    Surrounded by the Andes range landscape with the majestic Aconcagua Mountain on the background, F...

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Mendoza on Snooth

  • Altos las Hormigas Malbec Terroir 2014

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    a little too much spices for me. threatens to cover up the fruits Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Norton Malbec Reserva Mendoza 2012

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    A big version that is deftly balanced. Violets, blueberry and blackberry fruits, earth and chocolate combine with medium to full tannins and juicy acidity. Drink now - 89 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Alamos Extra Brut NV

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    I bought 5 bottles of this for £18 from the website ... from the Alamos winery in Mendoza Argentina.My family opened a bottle on Christmas morning and we did enjoy it. It was very sparkling with lots of small bubbles and there was a kind of melon style fruit there but it was absolutely bone-dry.In short,it was the ideal aperitif on Christmas day Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Don Miguel Gascón Malbec Mendoza 2015

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    Intriguing mixed berry aromas with a note of toffee, cola and baking spice framing ripe cherry. A bit dusty on entry, this is smooth and easy drinking with a touch of tannin lurking behind ripe, restrained plum and cherry fruit, smoke and dark chocolate towards the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Gouguenheim Malbec Reserva 2013

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    Purchased at Binny's, 12/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Alamos Malbec Seleccion 2014

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    Blackberry jam and maple leaves on the nose with a soft spice. A bit floral on the palate with soft jammy fruit notes of raspberry and strawberry and a shifting, earthy note coming through the mid palate and drying out the finish that delivers more red fruit notes of ripe cherry and plum. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Andean Vineyards Shiraz Blend the Waxed Bat 2008

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    Available via Laithwaite's. Read More

    Wine review by Brooklyn Stoop


  • Trapiche Oak Cask Malbec Mendoza 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by hipwine


  • Salentein Malbec Reserve 2013

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    Another one from Vino Volo; Descriptor is correct - 'Blackberry & Vanilla; Fresh & Fruity nose...hints of plum, blackberries, and a bit of vanilla. fresh fruit flavors...spark of Violet and slight floral character' A bit too fruity and floral for my 'Malbec' taste. Most likely, if other wine were around, would not have this one again. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • The Waxed Bat Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by LetUsTaste


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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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