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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

  • Bodega Salentein

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

  • 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...

  • Finca SOPHENIA

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

  • Bodega Weinert

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

  • Bodegas Benegas

    It is located in the Luján de Cuyo region, carril Ardoz (off route 60), 300 meters from its inter...

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Mendoza on Snooth

  • Domaine Bousquet Malbec 2012


    Good aroma Read More

    Wine review by cerbland

  • Ah, another day of relaxation.  I enjoyed a 2.5 hour massage today, ... ... ... Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendoza  was really excellent.   With the flight I had the Salumi Piccante flat bread and a lobster tail appetizer.  I got a full glass of the cab (that's part of the deal) and then ordered another glass since it was so tasty.  This one was... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • Bodega Septima Gran Reserva 2010


    Had this with dinner at Truluck's in Dallas. Grilled Salmon with a Lobster & Crab Cream Sauce (went very well). The Wine Maker's Tasting Notes seem pretty accurate:Color: Intense red with purple highlights. Aroma: Complex and expressive, subtly mixed with aromas of violets and cherries, in balance with the dark chocolate notes and toasted flavor... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Jean Bousquet Grande Reserve Malbec 2010


    A very bold wine when it first hits the tongue but fades quickly. I'd recommend this wine for dinner because it won't be overwhelmed by the food. It is heavy, fruity, and for me required a good bit of aeration before the tannins were tamped down to acceptable levels. Read More

    Wine review by tomlib

  • Renacer Punto Final Malbec Classico 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by eleftherios6790

  • Gaucho Spur Espuela del Gaucho 2008


    No written review

    Wine review by hvans

  • Tremolo Mendoza Malbec 2013


    A Tasting Room quarterly selection. Wine made especially for Lot 18. Here is the description: 'Rustic, earthy and even a bit restrained at first, give this wine some air and you'll find excellent fruit concentration with notes of dark cherries and blackberries, plus a hint of vanilla and a meaty, earthy finish. The wine finishes dry...' This on... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Santa Julia Pinot Grigio Plus 2013


    Pale lemon color. Medium minus intensity light fruit aromas - mostly citrus and tropical fruit, with lemon and papaya showing most on the nose. Palate is fresh and clean, good levels of acidity, full flavored lemon and melon flavors, and a clean finish. More full flavored than other Pinot Grigio wines. Definitely worth the price. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Antucura la Folie 2012


    This will be a nice relaxing wine to have on the patio when it warms up. Read More

    Wine review by anstett

  • Casarena Malbec Jamilla's Single Vineyard 2011


    This is a very nice find. I look forward to seeing the other small single vineyard options they have. Read More

    Wine review by anstett

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