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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

Subregions of Mendoza

  • Maipú

    Maipu is a subregion of Mendoza, part of the larger Cuyo region in Argentina. It is situated ju...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Mendoza View all

  • Durigutti

    Two brothers of diverse wine-making backgrounds come together in the elaboration of Durigutti ...

  • Bodegas Santa Ana

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

  • 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...

  • Bodegas Benegas

    It is located in the Luján de Cuyo region, carril Ardoz (off route 60), 300 meters from its inter...

  • Bodega Renacer

    Bodega Renacer is a boutique winery located in Lujan de Cuyo-Mendoza. Lujan is considered as o...

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Mendoza on Snooth

  • Bodega Septima Chardonnay Septimo Dia 2012


    Very smokey with undertones of cherry. Earthy and easy to drink. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity

  • I sure am picking up a lot of nick names in this thread.  How about just ... we tried a 2012 cab from the Mendoza region of Argentina called 'El Estribo'.  I have to say that it didn't even compare with the cabs from Napa, but then again, it was only about $15 at Total Wine & Beverage.  Funny thing about his bottle - imported by the Rail Yard ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Big Al has arrived, but...

  • Rutini Malbec 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by SCM42

  • Dante Robino Bonarda NV


    No written review

    Wine review by Chuckieshow

  • Cabernet Sauvignon Altosur Argentina M.O 2011


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    Wine review by Chuckieshow

  • Bodega Norton 'Reserva' Malbec 2010


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    Wine review by LetUsTaste

  • Mendel Lunta Malbec 2011


    Enjoyable Read More

    Wine review by calywa

  • Gouguenheim Malbec 2013


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    Wine review by tpcello7

  • Mapema Sauvignon Blanc 2012


    Soft and almost a bit creamy on the nose with fruit that hints at apples under dried herb and dried citrus peel; notes. Bright, juicy and rich in the mouth,this packs in a lot of voluptuous fruit that it lent realy height and energy by the fabulous acidity here. Tart to be sure, but also well balanced but rich green apple, citrus, and melon fru... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Alta Vista Chardonnay Classic 2011


    Very easy to like and drink. First note...oddly it smelled like chocolate fudge licorice might taste, too bad, that would have been interesting; then a taste of sparkling pineapple/lemon mixture. Little to no oak, but a silky buttery mouth feel. I had it with left over grilled butterflied Pork Loin in a Sandwich...the poor idea for a pairing bes... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

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