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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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...

  • Domaine St. Diego. Angel Mendoza

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

  • Bodega Weinert

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

  • Bodega Zuccardi

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

  • Alfredo Roca

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

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Mendoza on Snooth

  • Ruca Malen Kinien de Don Raul 2011

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    Velvety and smooth aromas of dark plum, dates and blackberries with vanilla creaminess and a pleasant chalky oak note. On the palate this really shows its complexity and is assertive from entry with powerful chocolate and mixed berry notes, baking spice and pleasant earthiness, tart focused acidity brightening the mid palate and sharpening to a ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Ruca Malen Petit Verdot Reserva 2013

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    Light black pepper and red licorice notes on the nose with dark blackberry fruit and soft floral spice. Dark chocolate and blackberry fruit with smoky earth character and a perfect balance between the bright acidity and the structure coming in right from the start all supported by the complexity of ripe fruit, earthy minerality and a brooding fi... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Zolo Signature Red 2012

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    Wine Sellers of Saugatuck, 8/2016. I have always been a fan of red blends, and I know that makes me a low brow to some, but to me they are just tastier (of course not all) and more drinkable than most red varietals in my price range. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Malbec 2008

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    Wine review by jcthomas44


  • Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Malbec 2008

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  • Los Cardos Malbec 2015

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    The coloration is cherry with purple hues....nice clarity! Aromas of heavy cigar tobacco, leather, peppercorn spice, cinnamon heat, woodsy Earth, berries, beef and some alcohol warmth. The flavors follow suit, with the finish being tart like and of high bush cranberry & raspberry. I get some damp leather and warm spice as well....light on the... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Vendaval Mendoza Argentina Malbec 2014

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    it seemed to fresh to me, a person who has grown accustomed to a bold ancient distinct flavor of this cuvee Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Santa Julia Brut Rose Mendoza

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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


  • J. Opi a.k.a Rodolfo Sadler Malbec 2015

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    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • Trapiche Varietals Pinot Noir 2012

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    Wine review by DCE


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