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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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

  • Domaine St. Diego. Angel Mendoza

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

  • Viniterra

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

  • Bodega La Azul

    La Azul is just a little winery that merges into the sky. Is our own home, warm and simple, where...

  • Bodegas Benegas

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

  • Finca Flichman

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

  • Familia Cassone

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

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Mendoza on Snooth

  • Bodega Calle la Mano Derecha Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva Mendoza 2014


    Intriguing floral and herbal notes here with black currant and strawberry fruit and pleasant briny minerality. On the palate this is medium bodied, a bit restrained around the edges, but still showing nice blackberry and black currant fruit, quite dry with nice spice and good acidity. This presents a bit herbal at its core and is quite earthy by... Read More

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  • Bodega Calle El Olvidado Tempranillo Reserva Mendoza 2014


    Dirty, earthy and smoky with fresh field paddy notes and black pepper spice on top of blackberry and black currant fruit. This is quite flavorful and expressive in the mouth, with a good mixture of red and black fruits ranging from cherry to black currant with some savory notes of tamari and some tart cranberry towards the earthy, creamy finish.... Read More

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  • Finca El Origen Phi Single Vineyard Tunuyan Uco Valley 2011


    Soft violet and creamy coffee aromas with concentrated blackberry and black cherry fruit, fresh spice and vanilla bean. Hefty, full and creamy on the palate with excellent depth of fruit, full of chocolate, chewy cherry and blackberry, strong, gripping tannins and deceptively high acidity bringing freshness and buoyancy to the mid palate before ... Read More

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  • Benegas Lynch Libertad Estate Vineyard Cabernet Franc Mendoza 2008


    Definitely showing its age with pleasant savory sour cherry and developed molasses and brown sugar notes, a hint of crushed violets and cranberries on the nose. More brown sugar and vanilla bean on the palate with a dusty and dry, raisin and blackberry palate, chewy tannins and roasted espresso beans. This is nearing the end of its run, but is t... Read More

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  • Benegas Finca la Encerrada Estate Single Vineyard Malbec Mendoza 2014


    Dirty, dusty aromas of moist earth and clay with toasted vanilla and creamy red currant notes on the nose. On the palate this is bold, bright and vibrant with good fresh acidity and juicy fruit notes of cherry, red currant, raspberry, blueberry and blackberry, nicely textured with layered tannins and a spice box finish of clove, cinnamon and mor... Read More

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  • Benegas Lynch la Encerrada Estate Single Vineyard Malbec Mendoza 2014


    Rich, deep black currant and blackberry aromas with a smooth note of vanilla and cinnamon spice. Bold and full bodied on the palate, full of flavor and structure, a bit of black olive and smoky dark chocolate in front of blackberry, black currant and black cherry fruit, notes of bay leaf and an earthy finish. Read More

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  • Chakana Estate Selection Chardonnay Uco Valley 2016


    Fresh green apple and lemon balm aromas with a grassy green note and some tart citrus. Cool and juicy on the palate with lemon, soft melon and green apple fruit, some creaminess and a medium texture in the mouth. Turns a bit warmer on the finish, releasing some pleasant peach notes and a bit of oak spice. Read More

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  • Trivento Malbec Golden Reserve Mendoza 2016


    Dark blackberry and rich black currant aromas with a touch of molasses and brown sugar spice. Full bodied and a touch savory in the mouth with blackberry and black currant fruit, an earthy textured dark chocolate mid palate and a finish of ripe mixed berry and tart tannins. Read More

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  • Bodega Melipal Cabernet Franc Mendoza 2014


    Rich and savory licorice and mushroom aromas with notes of molasses and brown sugar - quite unique for Cab Franc. Dry, dusty and bold in the mouth with deep licorice flavors, a thick and rich mouthfeel and a finish of dark chocolate, spice and a bit of heat. Read More

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  • Bodega Melipal Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza 2014


    Ripe floral cherry and savory spice aromas with a note of cranberry and raspberry and light cream. A bit burnt on the palate but with good spice, black cherry and blackberry notes, pepper and vanilla and a finish of smoke and herbs. Read More

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