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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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...

  • 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...

  • Trivento

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

  • Bodega Zuccardi

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

  • Don Cristobal 1492

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

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Mendoza on Snooth

  • Gouguenheim Malbec 2013

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    Wine review by tpcello7


  • Mapema Sauvignon Blanc 2012

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    Soft and almost a bit creamy on the nose with fruit that hints at apples under dried herb and dried citrus peel; notes. Bright, juicy and rich in the mouth,this packs in a lot of voluptuous fruit that it lent realy height and energy by the fabulous acidity here. Tart to be sure, but also well balanced but rich green apple, citrus, and melon fru... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Alta Vista Chardonnay Classic 2011

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    Very easy to like and drink. First note...oddly it smelled like chocolate fudge licorice might taste, too bad, that would have been interesting; then a taste of sparkling pineapple/lemon mixture. Little to no oak, but a silky buttery mouth feel. I had it with left over grilled butterflied Pork Loin in a Sandwich...the poor idea for a pairing bes... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Alamos Torrontes 2012

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    Fruit forward with more weight than I expected; finish is highly acidic with some grapefruit and fairly long. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Viña Ruiz Malbec 2013

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    Malbecs used to be a great deal, but that has begun to change as their prices have doubled in the last 2-3 years. This is a pretty good one, and worth the elevated price. Robust, dry, smoky, and complex, with hints of iron and sherry. Read More

    Wine review by Slipstream


  • Trivento Amado Sur Red 2012

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    70% malbec blend. Very bitter and smoky, with some sourness too. The aroma is pleasantly tart. Not a winner imo, but chilling and airing helps take the edge off. Read More

    Wine review by Slipstream


  • Broquel Malbec 2011

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    Another stunner!andfor less than $15 - incredible. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Durigutti Malbec Mendoza 2012

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    Great. Meaty with lots of tannins. Thoroughly enjoyable. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Finca Sophenia Reserve Malbec 2012

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    Wine review by jasond7


  • Alamos Malbec 2011

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    Full bodied with rich jammy red fruit flavors and hints of leather. I liked the tannins.This is a tasty pairing with our Panacea Red Habano Robusto. See The Virginia Wine and Cigar Trail for more. Read More

    Wine review by CigarVolante


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