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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Viniterra

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

  • Bodega Salentein

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

  • Don Cristobal 1492

    Latinfina S.A., organized as a corporation (“sociedad anónima”) and validly existing under the la...

  • Bodegas Santa Ana

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

  • Trivento

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

  • Bodegas Etchart

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

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Mendoza on Snooth

  • Bodegas Nieto Senetiner Bonarda Argentina Lujan de Cuyo 2013

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    This is the regular release of Nieto Sentineter's 2013 Bonarda. This was a $5.99 Grocery Outlet special, of what is normally about a $12-14 wine in the US. Medium depth, nice long mid palate. Curranty, rich, savory warm flavors, definitely an Italian style of wine - if this is typical of the varietal, it's no mystery to me why this grape was m... Read More

    Wine review by Dougman


  • Gato Negro Malbec 2013

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    Binny's 3/2017. Better than the much more expensive Reserva Rioja I had tonight. That is not saying much, but the good news is this bottle of wine was just slightly more expensive than milk. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Santa Julia Chenin Dulce Natural 2016

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    No written review

    Wine review by wenwyia


  • Piattelli Vineyards Malbec Grand Reserve 2013

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    Not a wine I'd put away, but a VERY nice wine @ this price point, drinkable now. A classic malbec. Read More

    Wine review by God of War


  • Santa Julia Organic Cabernet 2010

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    Good for the price, easy drinking, not acidic. No real back bone millennial wine for sure. Read More

    Wine review by tbonetone


  • Matias Riccitelli Malbec Hey Malbec! 2015

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    Pinched red fruit aromas with a pleasant herbal dried basil and black pepper note coming through. Concentrated mixed berry, cherry and crushed flower petal notes on the palate with dark chocolate mousse and a hint of espresso on the finish, turning floral again before trailing off towards an earthy spice. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Tapiz Malbec Mendoza Alta Collection 2013

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    Really very good - may be NOT 95 points good but better than 90 for sure. Violets, blueberries, purple garden florals give way to dark berry fruits, spice, dark cherry tannins and good acidity - find it buy it drink it. 91 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Tapiz Malbec Mendoza Alta Collection 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by wenwyia


  • Maipe Bonarda Reserve 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by jose pendas


  • Maipe Bonarda Reserve 2013

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    Wine review by jose pendas


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