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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  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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

  • Bodegas Santa Ana

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

  • Bodega Salentein

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

  • Bodegas Etchart

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

  • Alfredo Roca

    The winary was originaly built in 1905 and the main structure has been maintained up to these day...

  • Bodega Weinert

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

  • Trivento

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

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Mendoza on Snooth

  • 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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  • Bodega Catena Zapata Chardonnay Mendoza Catena Alta 2014

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    Creamy baked apple aromas of brioche and cinnamon spice with vanilla oak and a lemon cream glaze. Full bodied lemon meringue and butter flavors on the palate with an oaky finish that has a bit of texture to it and a bit of citrus zest. Read More

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  • Domaine Bousquet Brut Rose Mendoza

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    Strong watermelon and cherry aromas. Tart sour cherry and more watermelon on the palate with a drying bit of tannin and full acidity. Read More

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  • Domaine Bousquet Pinot Gris Reserve Tupungato Valley 2015

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    Spiced lemon aromas of floral persimmon. Lemon curd and pineapple on the palate with a zesty finish. Read More

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  • Domaine Bousquet Gaia Red Blend Tupungato Valley 2013

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    Smoky, heady aromas of rich mineral earth, dark chocolate and round blackberry fruit. Full bodied and sticky with resinous earth in the mouth, this is full of bold flavors and zesty acidity, blueberry and blackberry fruit, firm tannins and a ripe black currant preserve on the finish. 90 pts Read More

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  • Kaiken Terroir Series Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza 2015

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    Chalky, bright cherry aromas with floral notes and hints of perfume. In the mouth this is creamy textured and red fruited with cherry, blueberry and red currant flavor and a spicy finish of fresh acidity, heat, earth and cinnamon. Read More

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  • Kaiken Terroir Series Sauvignon Blanc Mendoza 2016

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    Floral peach and melon notes with a hint of pineapple and mango and something herbal - green pepper. Great acidity and lift on the palate with more melon, lemon and peach flavors, a bracing mineral note yet a soft finish that's a bit creamy textured. Read More

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  • Trivento White Orchid Blend Torrontes Reserve Mendoza 2016

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    Highly floral aromas of perfumed rose petal and potpourri, fruit notes of fresh peach and lychee. Tropical and floral in the mouth, this is presented with a bold, high acidity and lots of flavor, tart lemon and fresh mango, pineapple and melon with a short finish of dried fruit and more blossom notes. Lives up to the White Orchid name. Read More

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