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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Bodegas Benegas

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

  • Bodegas Santa Ana

    The place where you grow up and live great moments of your life is very important... because of t...

  • Layer Cake

      Layer Cake is a wine brand created by Jayson Woodbridge, winemaker of the cult Californ...

  • Viniterra

    The winery is placed in Luján de Cuyo, one of Mendoza finest winegrowing regions famed as the "Bi...

  • Gimenez Riili

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

  • Domaine St. Diego. Angel Mendoza

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

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Mendoza on Snooth

  • Kaiken Terroir Series Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza 2015


    Chalky, bright cherry aromas with floral notes and hints of perfume. In the mouth this is creamy textured and red fruited with cherry, blueberry and red currant flavor and a spicy finish of fresh acidity, heat, earth and cinnamon. Read More

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  • Kaiken Terroir Series Sauvignon Blanc Mendoza 2016


    Floral peach and melon notes with a hint of pineapple and mango and something herbal - green pepper. Great acidity and lift on the palate with more melon, lemon and peach flavors, a bracing mineral note yet a soft finish that's a bit creamy textured. Read More

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  • Trivento White Orchid Blend Torrontes Reserve Mendoza 2016


    Highly floral aromas of perfumed rose petal and potpourri, fruit notes of fresh peach and lychee. Tropical and floral in the mouth, this is presented with a bold, high acidity and lots of flavor, tart lemon and fresh mango, pineapple and melon with a short finish of dried fruit and more blossom notes. Lives up to the White Orchid name. Read More

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  • Bodegas Salentein Numina Gran Corte Red Blend Uco Valley 2014


    Savory and earthy aromas of dark chocolate, plum and black currant on the nose with creamy, vanilla bean notes and inviting fresh berry. Dark berry, leather and smoke on the palate with a burnt twig flavor, chewy tannins, dried herbs and tart, focused black fruit. Read More

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  • Salentein Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2015


    Dry and earthy on the nose with notes of dark chocolate, black currant and black cherry. Medium bodied red fruit flavors of cherry and raspberry in the mouth with a dry, lightly oaked finish and a bit of tingly spice throughout. Read More

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  • Bodegas Salentein Portillo Pinot Noir Uco Valley 2015


    Creamy fresh cherry and candied strawberry aromas with a note of buttery brioche. Clear and clean on the palate without a ton of depth, this expresses itself in fresh fruit notes of cherry and cranberry, a touch of violets and a smoky finish. Read More

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  • Masi Tupungato Corbec Uco Valley 2013


    Rich savory spice and barbecue sauce aromas with dark black cherry and blackberry fruit. A bit cooler on the palate but not by much, this behaves itself well, expressing oaky notes of spice, dark blackberry and black chocolate, chunky tannins and and light creamy espresso finish. Read More

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  • Masi Tupungato Passo Doble Malbec Corvina 2015


    Smoky, dark and earthy with a fungal, almost musty note. A bit brighter on the palate, still quite earthy with ripe red fruit flavors of red currant and cranberry, dark chocolate earthiness and a spicy, acidic finish of tart plum skin and tobacco. Read More

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  • Terrazas Torrontes Reserva Mendoza 2016


    Floral and honeyed pear and green apple aromas with perfumed rose petal. Still quite floral in the mouth, with green apple fruit taking a supporting role before they both yield to a dried hay flavor and tingling heat on the finish. Read More

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  • Santa Julia Malbec Mendoza 2016


    Light, cherry aromas with sun drenched earth. Lightly spiced and fresh flavors of mixed berry, cranberry and cherry on the palate with a finish of tart fresh fruit flavor. Pleasing and easy drinking. Read More

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