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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Bodega Salentein

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

  • Alfredo Roca

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

  • Bodegas Santa Ana

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

  • Durigutti

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

  • Bodega La Azul

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

  • Don Cristobal 1492

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

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  • Alfredo Roca Pinot Noir 2014


    No written review

    Wine review by popz4120

  • Trapiche Broquel Chardonnay Mendoza 2013


    Honeysuckle and peach aromas are light. Flavors of green apple and banana, cream, peach and grapefruit. There's a fair bit of citrus character and acid accompanying the fruit, showing that this was a cooler climate with a different aging profile than some of Chardonnay's more oaked expressions. A full minute later there's still a bit of an acidi... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • La Posta Malbec Pizzella 2013


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    Wine review by calywa

  • Perdriel Coleccion Sauvignon Blanc 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • Bodega Cuarto Dominio 'Tolentino' Winemaker's Selection Malbec 2012


    From the 2nd dinner at Perry's. Seemed like the perfect example of Argentinian Malbec. Soft, well balanced spicy, smoky, pepper, cocoa, and toasted fruit. Great little one. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Cepas Elegidas Con Tacto Malbec 2010


    Considering that the wine maker used no enzymes and indigenous yeast, the Con Tacto is incredibly complex. The wine was not filtered or finned, maximizing potential for aging and leading to sensational mouthfeel with intricate, chewy, and velvety tannins. Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Cepas Elegidas Cinq 2009


    Each barrel that made up this blend was aged 22 months in French and American Oak barrels, 6 of which were first use providing great structure and balance. Cooperages of the oak selected is Mercier, Slyvain, Remond, Mistral and Odyse, all in 225L format. The wines were racked only twice during aging and aged sur lie for 14 months. The lees were ... Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Dante Robino Malbec 2008


    Deep purple color. This is a full body and crisp, with soft tannins and a lot of frutal aromas. Long finish. Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Catena Malbec 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by gntop1

  • Bodega Calle Ca' de Calle Reserva 2011


    Had this at lunch at Marcello's. Very nice blend of Malbec with Cabernet Sauvignon,& Petit Verdot. Lush and smooth with soft tannins and minimal acidity. Plum, black cherry, smoke, cocoa, and floral in a long finish.For the price point or at double it, outstanding. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

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