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

  • Bodega Salentein

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

  • Cheval des Andes

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

  • Durigutti

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

  • Bodega Zuccardi

    The equipment in our winery allows us to optimize all the necessary resources in the productio...

  • Trivento

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

  • Viniterra

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

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Mendoza on Snooth

  • Alamos Malbec 2015

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    Earthy and smoky raspberry and strawberry aromas. Quite earthy and dry in the mouth with strong, drying tannins and a short finish of blackberry and a touch of eucalyptus. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Finca Flichman Gestos Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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    Had I known the origin, I would not have purchased this. This was characteristically dry. Red and black fruits were present with pepper. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Las Perdices Malbec 2013

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    Had this with Lunch at Maguires in Addison a month ago. Nice simple little number. Soft, round mouthful, with loads of spice, deep dark fruit with nicely balanced low Tannins and Acidity. Can't see this improving any with age - an everyday drinker. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Famiglia Bianchi Malbec 2011

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    Had this one with dinner last evening. After getting past the 'barnyard' aromas, the wine was just fine - tight and dry with bright tannins and acidity. Loads of earth and spice and near ripe fruit. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Ruca Malen Kinien de Don Raul 2011

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    Velvety and smooth aromas of dark plum, dates and blackberries with vanilla creaminess and a pleasant chalky oak note. On the palate this really shows its complexity and is assertive from entry with powerful chocolate and mixed berry notes, baking spice and pleasant earthiness, tart focused acidity brightening the mid palate and sharpening to a ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Ruca Malen Petit Verdot Reserva 2013

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    Light black pepper and red licorice notes on the nose with dark blackberry fruit and soft floral spice. Dark chocolate and blackberry fruit with smoky earth character and a perfect balance between the bright acidity and the structure coming in right from the start all supported by the complexity of ripe fruit, earthy minerality and a brooding fi... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Zolo Signature Red 2012

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    Wine Sellers of Saugatuck, 8/2016. I have always been a fan of red blends, and I know that makes me a low brow to some, but to me they are just tastier (of course not all) and more drinkable than most red varietals in my price range. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Malbec 2008

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    Wine review by jcthomas44


  • Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Malbec 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


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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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