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.

Once famed for its pink-skinned grapes Criolla Grande and Cereza, Mendoza is now Read more »

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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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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 Zuccardi

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

  • Finca Flichman

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

  • Domaine St. Diego. Angel Mendoza

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

  • Bodegas Benegas

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

  • Layer Cake

      Layer Cake is a wine brand created by Jayson Woodbridge, winemaker of the cult Californ...

  • Bodega Weinert

    Founded in 1975, Bodega y Cavas de Weinert is located in Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina´s craddle for t...

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Mendoza on Snooth

  • CATENA ALTA MALBEC, MENDOZA, ARGENTINA.....drinking really well! Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Bodegas Reservadas Maipu Mendoza Argentina Malbec 2016

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    for a malbec this wine will improve spending time in the cellar. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Miguel Flores 'Signature Red' Mendoza Argentina Red Blend 2015

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    I always prefer to know what wine are in a blend but can forgive this Cuvee due to the fact that the flavors match and blend well. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Pulenta Estate Malbec la Flor Rose 2015

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    I had the 2014 with a beef filet mignon simply flipped on the grill and it was good! Some smoke was in evidence! RICH WINE HERE! Read More

    Wine review by amour


  • Really Big Al....MERCI!So utterly delighted that you do appreciate the wine ... Argentina, particularly the Mendoza region; they have come a long way, actually, THEY HAVE ARRIVED Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Atrevida Malbec 2014

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    found it rather heavily spiced... not too keen... Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Somewhere I have a few bottles JD, so we can try them. Again, it's not a ... ... It's like Malbec in Mendoza vs Malbec from the Loire. I really think that they just need to see how it's going to do in some region in Washington and deal with it as something that has no antecedent. And who knows, blend it with some crazy shit. I told you about ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Aussie Wine in the US


  • Achaval Ferrer Quimera Mendoza 2010

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    fruity nose; earthy, spicy and rather complex Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • That wine is a pretty decent wine. As to whether the wine really needed air, ... If you like that Malbec from Mendoza, look for some others. Or look for other grapes from the same region, things like Bonarda and Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends of the three. Those tend to be ripe and fruity, so look for some wines from Barossa Valley in A... Read More

    Forum post in the topic introductory questions


  • Santa Julia Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva Uco Valley 2014

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    A touch of black pepper and blackberry aromas with black cherry and a leathery smoke note. Dry and chewy on the palate with a generous blackberry and black currant palate, a thick finish of rich dark chocolate, fresh acidity livening the palate towards the finish and a touch of tar and black olive adding a bit of herbaceousness to the finish. Ve... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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