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

  • Bodegas Etchart

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

  • Bodega Zuccardi

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

  • Dominio del Plata

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

  • Gimenez Riili

    The Gimenez Riili Family has had a tradition in viticulture since 1945, when Don Pedro Gimenez ch...

  • 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...

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  • Oooohhhhh, Okayyy....I get it now I think. This will be the first time I make a ... the Trapiche Malbec from the mendoza region I just polished off. That  would distract my mouth real well. It had full slow legs that slinked down the glass in a sexy seduction . The color was almost purple with that typical  naughty little magenta ring around th... Read More

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  • Santa Julia Tempranillo Organica 2014


    No written review

    Wine review by juliecork

  • Miguel Flores 'Signature' Mendoza Argentina Sauvignon Blanc 2015


    very fresh and mild. I am curious how this wine would fare spending some more time in the bottle before decanting? Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Layer Cake Malbec Mendoza 2013


    Very fruit forward and a litle shy on acid with a strong tannic bite that on the second and third day gave me a touch of menthol. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Catena Malbec 2012


    Full bodied ripe black fruit spicy red wine with mellowed tannin Read More

    Wine review by johnfsa

  • Very good list.Chateau St Michelle and Columbia Crest are sister wineries, CC a ... there but mostly look for Mendoza and from Mendoza look for Luján de Cuyo. I'm not recommending any specific ones because the wines tend to be somewhat generic - the same wine may be sold under a number of different labels in the US, or the same winemaker might ... Read More

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  • Tintonegro Malbec Limestone Block 2012


    Very nice, full bodied yet soft in the palate. Moderate finish. Soft noted of cherries, spices, black currants. Read More

    Wine review by gaudiumvino67

  • Red Diamond Malbec Mendoza 2011


    Deep violet color..... Bold taste, rich flavor, not to dry, velvet ending. Amazing price. Read More

    Wine review by jgcole

  • Okay guys I`m back. Sorry for not getting back sooner but we still have our ... oak cask malbec 2013 from Mendoza Argentina or my Alamos wines of catena malbec 2014 from the same region ? Or I can do 19 Crimes red blend 2011 or 19 Crimes Cab Sav 2014. What`l it be guys. I dont have fancy wine but I get my kicks where I can. I have not had the ... Read More

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  • Redagic - welcome. It's a bit late on page 3 but WTH.. I would prefer a Cab ... and Cahors when it came to Mendoza. Mendoza is high desert. Lots of intense sun and no humidity, so no rot and mildew. It ripens completely differently in the sunny, dry, high mountains than in the gloomy, rainy, sea-level place where it originated.But there's a lot... Read More

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