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

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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

  • Finca Flichman

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

  • Bodega Weinert

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

  • Viniterra

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

  • Cheval des Andes

    A joint venture between Terrazas de los Andes and the legendary Château Cheval Blanc in Bordeaux....

  • Trivento

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

  • Domaine St. Diego. Angel Mendoza

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

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Mendoza on Snooth

  • Chakana Estate Selection Chardonnay Uco Valley 2016

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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  • Bodega Melipal Red Blend Mendoza 2013

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    Fresh berry, savory spice and cocoa on the nose with blackberry and a light herbal tomato note. Spicy blackberry and black cherry fruit on the palate with fresh acidity and a tart and tangy mixed berry palate that's dusty and herbal towards the finish. Read More

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  • Gouguenheim Valle Escondido Malbec Reserva Uco Valley 2014

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    Blackberry compote and soft baking spice aromas with a bit of milk chocolate. Dry and drying in the mouth with tart acidity and concentrated berry flavors, smoky earthiness, black cherry and a finish of earth and heat. Read More

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  • Callejon del Crimen Petit Verdot Gran Reserva Valle de Uco 2014

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    Dark black currant and mineral earth presents an austere and restrained aroma. Thick, earthy and dense with minerals, smoke and leather on the palate, berry flavors of blackberry and plum notes through the mid palate and a chewy textured finish. Read More

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  • Bodega Melipal Ikella Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza 2014

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    Dusty, bold aromas of black currant and blackberry with soft spice and eucalyptus. Driving, powerful flavors in the mouth with bold blackberry and black cherry fruit, herbal medicinal notes and a finish of fresh spice. Read More

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  • Bodega Melipal Ikella Torrontes Mendoza 2015

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    Lightly nutty, creamy aromas of aged cheese, tart lemon zest and grapefruit. Tart lemon and grapefruit flavors on the palate with more cheese curd and a smoky oak finish. Read More

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  • Bodega Lagarde Guarda Cabernet Franc Lujan de Cuyo 2014

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    Savory earth and dark berry spiced aromas with touches of tomato leaf and crushed violet flower. This is pure, clean fruited and delicate on the palate, a great showcase for the grape with fresh cherry and raspberry fruit, a pleasant baking spice throughout and a finish of structure and finesse, framed by oak and earth. 91pts Read More

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