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 Benegas

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Don Cristobal 1492

    Latinfina S.A., organized as a corporation (“sociedad anónima”) and validly existing under the la...

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Mendoza on Snooth

  • Trapiche Malbec 2014

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    Cassis and black cherry on the nose.Somewhat boozy. Initial tastes are soft peppery notes with blackberry fruit. Somewhat lightweight mouthfeel and a dry finish. Might go well with red meat, easy drinking but nothing special. Read More

    Wine review by HarperInTheVines


  • Alamos Malbec Mendoza 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by hoffert


  • Alberti 154 Malbec 2013

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    Had this as part of a Flight yesterday during Lunch. Opens smoky with bits of sour cherries, plum, and chocolate. Well balanced Tannins and Acidity with a very soft and round mouthfeel. Long finish and the more it sat in the glass, the more it developed with herbs and oak. Very well priced at $8 per glass. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Cabernet Sauvignon Santos J. Canelli S. A. Argentina 2013

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    The most consistently good wines at our most convenient supermarket are brought to me by this winery. I like (not love) all their offerings. Some might even call it stealing at this price. This is like (not really) telling other fisherman where you caught all those fish. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Salentein Malbec Primum 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by CageyT


  • Bodega Elena de Mendoza Malbec 2011

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    What a fantastic wine! This stacks up to many$20 bottles of wine. A fantastic Malbec. It is becoming scarce in Southern NJ. Don't know what the problem is since it sells right off the shelf. Love it! Read More

    Wine review by jambro777


  • Trivento Malbec Reserve 2014

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    Funky and smoky dark blackberry aromas with dark loamy earth notes. Ripe mixed berry and blueberry on the palate, dark and rich on entry but thinning towards the finish and imparting a hint of spice. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • 34 Syrah Santos J. Carelli Mendoza 2013

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    Polly's 1/2016. A nice value, no great shakes, but a tasty wine that would not disappoint if you paid triple the price. But the good news it doesn't. Value, something large Calif. wine makers should start to understand. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • 34 Santos J. Carelli Mendoza Malbec 2013

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    Polly's 1/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • DV - it's Malbec from the Loire, from Cahors, from Napa, from Mendoza, from Patagonia, from Barossa, from Lake Balaton, from Walla Walla, and similar places that tastes like soap."I wonder if he's coming back to comment?  It's been a couple of days now."Al - I would say there's almost no chance of a return. Usually it's just a drive by that gets... Read More

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