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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Malbec

    History of the grape: Some believe Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who spread plantings along the French co...

  • 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...

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

  • Familia Cassone

    Surrounded by the Andes range landscape with the majestic Aconcagua Mountain on the background, F...

  • Bodega La Azul

    La Azul is just a little winery that merges into the sky. Is our own home, warm and simple, where...

  • 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...

  • Durigutti

    We Are Family Durigutti, growers and wine makers. A family with tradition of European culture 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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  • Bodega Norton 'Reserva' Malbec 2010

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    Wine review by puhnner


  • Trivento Malbec Reserve 2012

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    Dry finish, pleasantly crisp and enjoyable. Definitive fruity lead-in with an excellent finish. Read More

    Wine review by jwhittenknapp


  • We tried six wines at a free Whole Foods wine tasting event last night, and ... South American (Argentina - Mendoza region) wine that didn't float our boat.  The third wine was a Louis Latour Grand Ardeche Chardonnay from south-central France that was tasty but we didn't buy one.  This was an oaked Chardonnay and there was an essence of apple ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Layer Cake Malbec Mendoza 2012

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    Wine review by karamoore


  • La Boca Merlot 2009

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    Wine review by Kukielka


  • Bodega Septima Chardonnay Septimo Dia 2012

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    Very smokey with undertones of cherry. Earthy and easy to drink. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • I sure am picking up a lot of nick names in this thread.  How about just ... we tried a 2012 cab from the Mendoza region of Argentina called 'El Estribo'.  I have to say that it didn't even compare with the cabs from Napa, but then again, it was only about $15 at Total Wine & Beverage.  Funny thing about his bottle - imported by the Rail Yard ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Big Al has arrived, but...


  • Rutini Malbec 2006

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    Wine review by SCM42


  • Dante Robino Bonarda NV

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    Wine review by Chuckieshow


  • Cabernet Sauvignon Altosur Argentina M.O 2011

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    Wine review by Chuckieshow


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