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...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Finca SOPHENIA

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

  • Finca Flichman

    Finca Flichman is a winery in Barrancas, in the Maipu Valley of Mendoza, Argentina. Is is name...

  • Dominio del Plata

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Mapema Malbec 2004

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    Wine review by jennking77


  • The Gaucho Club 2011

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    This Malbec pours a beautifully aged tawny color with the end of the fresh purple and raspberry juice hues lingering around the rim. Clarity is nice as well.....The aromas are most definitely oak rich, meaty and full of charred Earth. With some oxygen however, things round out and the subtle spice of the Malbec grape shines through, along with... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Tilia Bonarda 2015

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    Very aromatic with blackberry, plum, mocha, spice with plenty of acidity and smooth tannins. Well done. Drink now -89 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Tilia Bonarda 2015

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    Wine review by effell


  • Flor de Naranja Lujan de Cuyo Torrontes 2016

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    A recent Tasting Room selection. White, pale silver gold in the glass. Medium low viscosity. Opens with red berry yeast; then lime rose petal and elderflower; then more floral notes and a bit of slate and fresh wood. Much of this carries over to the palate. Medium dry with loads of acidity and medium light body. As it opens the acidity mellows o... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Trivento Malbec Reserve Mendoza 2015

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    Wow - this was tremendous for the money spent. A solid body of dark cherry, plum and blackberry with pepper, mocha, chocolate and a little dirt. This are smooth and the acidity is well balanced - really, really good. Drink now - 90 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Trivento Malbec Reserve Mendoza 2015

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    Wine review by effell


  • Maipe Bonarda Reserve 2013

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    Well built and a perfect foil to steak. Large darkberry fruit than smooth and easy to drink. A small nuance of chocolate, oak teaming with framing tannins and acidity. 89 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Braxton Hall 'Montage' California Red 2015

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    the struggle is that, while this wine is decent on the palate, not knowing the varieties makes one question the quality. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Amalaya makes this 2016 Torrontes/Riesling blend that should prove interesting. ... is the Paul Hobbs effort in Mendoza.  I'm leery of SA chards anyway (Had some less than stellar efforts.) but Hobbs makes good wine so I figured this may be the way to go.Was told to expect a surprise in the box - been buying wine from these guys for 30 yrs so e... Read More

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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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