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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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 Santa Ana

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

  • Gimenez Riili

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

  • Alfredo Roca

    The winary was originaly built in 1905 and the main structure has been maintained up to these day...

  • Bodega Salentein

    The magnificent bodega, designed for both form and function in the shape of a cross, allows for c...

  • Bodega Zuccardi

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

  • Bodegas Etchart

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

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Mendoza on Snooth

  • Finca Decero Cabernet Sauvignon Remolinos Vineyard 2013

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    like the chocolate undertones Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Caballero de la Victoria Cabernet Sauvignon 'Reserva' 2015

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    While a stitch dry this wine is mild and boisterous for a "Cab" which is usually strong and forceful in taste Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Altos las Hormigas Malbec Reserva 2013

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    good balance of spices and cherry fruits Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Altos las Hormigas Malbec Terroir 2014

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    a little too much spices for me. threatens to cover up the fruits Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Norton Malbec Reserva Mendoza 2012

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    A big version that is deftly balanced. Violets, blueberry and blackberry fruits, earth and chocolate combine with medium to full tannins and juicy acidity. Drink now - 89 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Norton Malbec Reserva Mendoza 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by bobvree


  • Alamos Extra Brut NV

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    I bought 5 bottles of this for £18 from the website ... from the Alamos winery in Mendoza Argentina.My family opened a bottle on Christmas morning and we did enjoy it. It was very sparkling with lots of small bubbles and there was a kind of melon style fruit there but it was absolutely bone-dry.In short,it was the ideal aperitif on Christmas day Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Don Miguel Gascón Malbec Mendoza 2015

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    Intriguing mixed berry aromas with a note of toffee, cola and baking spice framing ripe cherry. A bit dusty on entry, this is smooth and easy drinking with a touch of tannin lurking behind ripe, restrained plum and cherry fruit, smoke and dark chocolate towards the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Gouguenheim Malbec Reserva 2013

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    Purchased at Binny's, 12/2016. Mary said she loved it. My wife is in a red wine frenzy. Braking the bank? Not exactly, love that she is enjoying even if I don't get a sniff. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Alamos Malbec Seleccion 2014

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    Blackberry jam and maple leaves on the nose with a soft spice. A bit floral on the palate with soft jammy fruit notes of raspberry and strawberry and a shifting, earthy note coming through the mid palate and drying out the finish that delivers more red fruit notes of ripe cherry and plum. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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