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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • 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

  • Domaine St. Diego. Angel Mendoza

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

  • Bodegas Benegas

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

  • Familia Cassone

    Surrounded by the Andes range landscape with the majestic Aconcagua Mountain on the background, F...

  • Don Cristobal 1492

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

  • Bodegas Etchart

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

  • Dominio del Plata

    Dominio del Plata is a family-owned and run project of Susana Balbo (Enologist) and Pedro Marc...

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Mendoza on Snooth

  • Santa Julia Torrontes Mendoza 2013

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    Light aromas of honeydew melon, lemon and dried papaya. Palate is a bit brighter than the muted aromas, showing more lemon, tangerine, peach cobbler and a creamy vanilla finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Decopas Malbec 2013

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    Rustic aromas of barnyard and hay with deep black fruit and some forest floor. Flavors are juicy and bright, with dark ripe black cherry, coffee and violets leading the charge. Finishes round with a fair bit of toast. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • La Posta Malbec/Syrah/Bonarda Cocina Tinto Mendoza 2012

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    One of my favorites. Smooth and well balanced. Read More

    Wine review by angela318


  • Decopas Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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    Tropical fruit aromas of honeydew melon and soft clay on the nose. Palate is bright and fresh, mostly citrus driven with lemon and lime as the main characteristics. A spiky acidity is consistent throughout the palate but it freshens up the wine making it a good choice for warm weather. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Broquel Malbec 2011

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    Had this with Dinner the other night at Mercat Bistro. Found this review online on National Post and feel it does far better than I can.'...A big fruity malbec with mulberry and blackberry fruit aromas, hints of oak plus floral and herbal tones, plus some dark chocolate. Its full bodied, fairly dense, creamy and lively. Focus is well maintained ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Mauricio Lorca Angel's Selection Malbec 2013

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    A Naked Wines Selection. This is for the 2013, though I had the 2012, some time ago, but did not keep notes on it. This opens with cherry preserves, cedar, and dark chocolate and then a blueberry/cherry chocolate taste. There is a strange metallic taste midpalate that is off-putting, but that subsides -although does not quite go away after the ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • V V:  I saw that write-up of your Paso Trip earlier this year.  I do ... Pinot Noir, a Malbec from Mendoza Argentina, and a nice Shiraz from Australia.  I ended up buying a bottle of the Shiraz for $20, and we had it tonight with some New York steaks on the grill (after Sandra put in seven hours at the office on a Sunday). &nbs Read More

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  • Bodega Norton Malbec Mendoza 2011

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    ah yes how i have missed a good malbec, and from Argentina, which has always been a good wine, this malbec was perfectly tart, just a smidgen sweet and oaked perfectly. just wonderful. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Luigi Bosca Malbec Reserva Lujan de Cuyo Mendoza 2005

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    An Argentine fave! Read More

    Wine review by AlineAlmeida


  • Bodega Norton Malbec Mendoza 2011

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    Malbec's from Argentina have an excellent reputation but I found this one to be middle of road. It had some body but was rather heavy for my taste. The flavor just sat there and didn't grow at all. Not a bad wine for the price by any means but not my first choice. Read More

    Wine review by tomlib


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