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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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...

  • Finca SOPHENIA

    Following the advice of Michel Rolland, Finca SOPHENIA has made its dream true: preparing great w...

  • Dominio del Plata

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

  • Bodegas Etchart

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

  • Trivento

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

  • Viniterra

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

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Mendoza on Snooth

  • Santa Julia Reserva Syrah 2013

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    Wine review by dlpugh


  • Nieto Senetiner Bonarda Reserva 2007

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    Hmmm, boy this is good. A dark inky purple in the glass. Deep dark berry fruit, lush and rich on the nose with oak, plum and licorice. On the tongue there is flushing tannins that are gripping and do indeed pull the fruit to the mid-palate. There develops a sweet dark cherry backdrop and lively acidity that makes this a bountiful wine. This is a... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Santa Julia Brut Rose NV

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    Light cherry and strawberry aromas with a touch of cream. Puckeringly acidic in the mouth, tart and refreshing with beautifully floral and ripe cherry and strawberry fruit and a warming finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Santa Julia Chardonnay Reserva Valle de Uco 2015

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    Nicely yeasty aromas of green apple, lemon and pineapple. Austere peach and grapefruit flavors, full in the mouth with acidity and steely notes of lemon and lime with just a touch of tart cheese curd lactic acid on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Doña Paula Malbec 2005

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    Smooth, not overly flavorful. Decent wine. Read More

    Wine review by jtfluitt


  • Mauricio Lorca Malbec Mendoza 2015

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    Boy was this ever good. Rich, lush blackberry, dark cherry, damson plum, spice and pepper lead to a well balanced tannic/acid profile that leads to a nice pop at the end. A short but taut aftertaste finishes the wine. Drink now - Paul 91 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Lirico Vista Flores Single Vineyard 2013

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    Wonderful, should have bought a full case. Read More

    Wine review by anstett


  • Finca Abril Rapsodia Malbec Reserva 2011

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    Wine review by ddiverio


  • Don Aparo Malbec Mendoza 2011

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Vino, I've been extolling Soter on these boards this whole decade. Good ... blood orange and sage. Jonas Mendoza  |  6 in stock  |  $38.99 Kelley Fox 2014 Willamette Valley Mirabai Pinot Noir ARRIVES 4/8A blend of two legendary vineyards, Maresh and Momtazi, Kelley Fox's 2014 Mirabai Pinot Noir is considerably more structured and fruit-forward... Read More

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