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...

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • 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

  • Gimenez Riili

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

  • Layer Cake

      Layer Cake is a wine brand created by Jayson Woodbridge, winemaker of the cult Californ...

  • Finca Flichman

    Finca Flichman is a winery in Barrancas, in the Maipu Valley of Mendoza, Argentina. Is is name...

  • Trivento

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

  • Bodega La Azul

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

  • Familia Cassone

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

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Mendoza on Snooth

  • Lirico Vista Flores Single Vineyard 2013


    Wonderful, should have bought a full case. Read More

    Wine review by anstett

  • Finca Abril Rapsodia Malbec Reserva 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by ddiverio

  • Don Aparo Malbec Mendoza 2011


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Vino, I've been extolling Soter on these boards this whole decade. Good ... blood orange and sage. Jonas Mendoza  |  6 in stock  |  $38.99 Kelley Fox 2014 Willamette Valley Mirabai Pinot Noir ARRIVES 4/8A blend of two legendary vineyards, Maresh and Momtazi, Kelley Fox's 2014 Mirabai Pinot Noir is considerably more structured and fruit-forward... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Oregon Pinot - Kelley Fox Wines

  • Tonight we had this Cab from Mendoza, Argentina. Nothing special but a solid daily drinker. Red jammy fruit that is held in check with some spice and mocha. Tannins are not over the top and it had a longish finish. I will probably give this wine another try in the future.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • A tasty Zinfandel is always welcome in our house.  We recently enjoyed a ... the Malbec-Syrah blend from Mendoza.  Following dinner we walked over to the Phillips Museum to hear Sayaka Shoji perform on the violin with piano accompaniment by Ryo Yanagitani.  Wonderful performance - all of you would enjoy it I'm sure.  After that we stopped at R... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • Trivento Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec Reserve 2014


    Spicy and ripe in the nose with pleasant earthy aromas of raspberry and dusty cherry. This is smoky and earthy in the mouth with more ripe berry flavors amidst notes of tar and forest underbrush. The finish is long with more earthy notes and hints of licorice and some lingering tannins. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Terrazas de Los Andes Malbec Reserva 2011


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    Wine review by MPetrequin

  • DV - A really good cab from Argentina?  Most of the ones I've tasted from Mendoza were ok, but nothing compared to a decent California cab.  It looks like your 2004 vintage retails for around $50 with a rating in the low 90's, so it should be good.  Do you recommend it as worth the $50? Read More

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  • Trapiche Malbec 2014


    Cassis and black cherry on the nose.Somewhat boozy. Initial tastes are soft peppery notes with blackberry fruit. Somewhat lightweight mouthfeel and a dry finish. Might go well with red meat, easy drinking but nothing special. Read More

    Wine review by HarperInTheVines

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