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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Chardonnay

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

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

  • Bodegas Benegas

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

  • Domaine St. Diego. Angel Mendoza

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

  • Gimenez Riili

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

  • Cheval des Andes

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

  • Durigutti

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

  • Trivento

      Founded in 1996 by Viña Concha y Toro, Trivento Bodegas y Viñedos aims to preserve and sho...

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Mendoza on Snooth

  • Primum Malbec

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    Wine review by Tincho2015


  • Layer Cake Malbec Mendoza 2012

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    My wife opened a bottle of this. She poured a glass took a sip and said "this is horrible". I said to let it rest and try it later on. When I got back home after running an errand the bottle was gone. "Oh so it was..." "I poured it down the sink."So no we will not be buying again. Read More

    Wine review by anstett


  • Lindaflor Petite Fleur 2009

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    Wine review by tjjm


  • Santiago Gougenheim Malbec Mendoza 2013

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    A Naked Wines selection. Opens with allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and blueberry jam, then cedar and vanilla. More of the same with a few swirls, Bit more fruit and less earth/savory/spice than other Malbecs that I have had and prefer, but a nice big smooth mouthfull. On the dry side, but well balanced and gains more complexity of more jam and cho... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Finca Flichman Malbec Misterio 2013

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    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Tamari Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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    Wine review by mark


  • Lindaflor Petite Fleur 2009

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    Nice bouquet. Smooth, and very pleasant. Lots of fruit, my favorite under $20. Read More

    Wine review by tjjm


  • Lujuria Malbec 2012

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    Wine review by moinma


  • San Felipe Blanco 2010

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    Oxidized wine. Awful color (dark yellow). Absolutely flat and flabby in the nose and mouth. This wine was well beyond its time. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Yesterday I enjoyed a nice massage, followed by an excellent lunch at Seasons ... ... (Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendoza) to finish the meal.  As for food, I had the Artichoke / Goat Cheese flat bread and a lobster tail, followed by the Pecan Pie desert cup.  I was sitting next to their warm fire too so I was warm both inside and outsid Read More

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