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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Bodega Salentein

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

  • Bodegas Santa Ana

    The place where you grow up and live great moments of your life is very important... because of t...

  • Durigutti

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

  • Alfredo Roca

    The winary was originaly built in 1905 and the main structure has been maintained up to these day...

  • Domaine St. Diego. Angel Mendoza

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

  • Finca SOPHENIA

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

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Mendoza on Snooth

  • Lirico Vista Flores Single Vineyard 2013

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    Wonderful, should have bought a full case. Read More

    Wine review by anstett


  • Finca Abril Rapsodia Malbec Reserva 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by ddiverio


  • Don Aparo Malbec Mendoza 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Vino, I've been extolling Soter on these boards this whole decade. Good ... blood orange and sage. Jonas Mendoza  |  6 in stock  |  $38.99 Kelley Fox 2014 Willamette Valley Mirabai Pinot Noir ARRIVES 4/8A blend of two legendary vineyards, Maresh and Momtazi, Kelley Fox's 2014 Mirabai Pinot Noir is considerably more structured and fruit-forward... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Oregon Pinot - Kelley Fox Wines


  • Tonight we had this Cab from Mendoza, Argentina. Nothing special but a solid daily drinker. Red jammy fruit that is held in check with some spice and mocha. Tannins are not over the top and it had a longish finish. I will probably give this wine another try in the future.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • A tasty Zinfandel is always welcome in our house.  We recently enjoyed a ... the Malbec-Syrah blend from Mendoza.  Following dinner we walked over to the Phillips Museum to hear Sayaka Shoji perform on the violin with piano accompaniment by Ryo Yanagitani.  Wonderful performance - all of you would enjoy it I'm sure.  After that we stopped at R... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Trivento Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec Reserve 2014

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    Spicy and ripe in the nose with pleasant earthy aromas of raspberry and dusty cherry. This is smoky and earthy in the mouth with more ripe berry flavors amidst notes of tar and forest underbrush. The finish is long with more earthy notes and hints of licorice and some lingering tannins. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Terrazas de Los Andes Malbec Reserva 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by MPetrequin


  • DV - A really good cab from Argentina?  Most of the ones I've tasted from Mendoza were ok, but nothing compared to a decent California cab.  It looks like your 2004 vintage retails for around $50 with a rating in the low 90's, so it should be good.  Do you recommend it as worth the $50? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Trapiche Malbec 2014

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    Cassis and black cherry on the nose.Somewhat boozy. Initial tastes are soft peppery notes with blackberry fruit. Somewhat lightweight mouthfeel and a dry finish. Might go well with red meat, easy drinking but nothing special. Read More

    Wine review by HarperInTheVines


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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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