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

  • Bodega Weinert

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

  • Viniterra

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

  • Durigutti

    We Are Family Durigutti, growers and wine makers. A family with tradition of European culture t...

  • Don Cristobal 1492

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

  • Cheval des Andes

    A joint venture between Terrazas de los Andes and the legendary Château Cheval Blanc in Bordeaux....

  • Finca SOPHENIA

    Following the advice of Michel Rolland, Finca SOPHENIA has made its dream true: preparing great w...

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Mendoza on Snooth

  • Trivento Malbec Reserve 2012

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    I finally found a wine that I enjoy with or without foods. Love it. Read More

    Wine review by Jules kindle


  • Kaiken Terroir Series Mendoza 2013

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    Thick blackberry notes carry a hint of cocoa and plenty of fresh baking spice on the nose. Explosive and juicy in the mouth, this is a bold wine thats equal parts fruity, floral and earthy, with dusty rose petal, deep blackberry and currant, and a zesty finish of cinnamon, clove and black pepper. A fantastic selection for grilled meat dishes of ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Kaiken Ultra Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    Darkly herbal, rich and bold aromas of blackberry, black cherry, licorice and creamy vanilla. Rich and fruity on entry, this presents itself confidently, with bold ripe blackberry and toasted caramel notes, earthy and oaky through the midpalate with chewy tannins drying out the sides of the mouth as the acidity keeps the palate very fresh. Finis... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Finca Flichman Malbec Roble 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by tpcello7


  • Melifluo Mendoza Argentina Malbec 2014

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    a very good strong and warm Malbec, making one to wonder what ageing a few bottles would do for this wine. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Santa Julia Tempranillo Organica 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by juliecork


  • Miguel Flores 'Signature' Mendoza Argentina Sauvignon Blanc 2015

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    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

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    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

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

    Wine review by johnfsa


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