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...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Dominio del Plata

    Dominio del Plata is a family-owned and run project of Susana Balbo (Enologist) and Pedro Marc...

  • 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...

  • Bodegas Etchart

    Bodegas Etchart was founded in the year 1850, in La Florida, Cafayate, province of Salta, Argenti...

  • Viniterra

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

  • Bodega Zuccardi

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

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Mendoza on Snooth

  • Bodega Calle Ca' de Calle Reserva 2011

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    Had this at lunch at Marcello's. Very nice blend of Malbec with Cabernet Sauvignon,& Petit Verdot. Lush and smooth with soft tannins and minimal acidity. Plum, black cherry, smoke, cocoa, and floral in a long finish.For the price point or at double it, outstanding. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Filus Torrontes 2013

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    very intense nose, then in the mouse fresh and elegant. Best Torrontes I have tasted. Read More

    Wine review by ANDRES BELINSKY


  • Filus Malbec Reserve 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by ANDRES BELINSKY


  • Bodega Benegas Red Blend Don Tiburcio 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by ANDRES BELINSKY


  • Sottano Cabernet Sauvignon Classico 2013

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    Wine review by ANDRES BELINSKY


  • Catena Malbec 2012

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    Wine review by sa3108


  • Barricas Malbec 2013

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    The wine is a bright ruby in the glass, with very nice clarity. The nose is chock full of ripe red fruit, mulberry, black cherry and plum with some floral notes of violets. The taste is actually quite nice (see we did get the love kind tonight!), with some ripe fruit up front, wild berries and tart cherry that quickly transition to some baking... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Bodega Norton Malbec Reserva 2011

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    Wine review by sfquixote


  • Finca Decero Malbec Remolinos Vineyard 2012

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    Another from Mercat. Soft and subtle, with great ripe fruit and floral nose. Medium soft and balanced tannins and medium acidity with a balanced oak component. Great long finish of more. Great pricing for this quality. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • San Pedro Epica Malbec 2013

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    Wine review by doublefantasy


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