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.

Once famed for its pink-skinned grapes Criolla Grande and Cereza, Mendoza is now Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Mendoza View all

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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

  • Viniterra

    The winery is placed in Luján de Cuyo, one of Mendoza finest winegrowing regions famed as the "Bi...

  • Bodega Salentein

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

  • Don Cristobal 1492

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

  • Bodegas Santa Ana

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

  • Trivento

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

  • 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

  • Conquista Torrontés 2006

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    The taste is absolutely amazing. It is exotic, floral and fruity. Read More

    Wine review by lilchubmonkey


  • Maipe Malbec 2008

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    Inky, dark and medium bodied. Black fruit and a touch of vanilla. Read More

    Wine review by Derek67


  • Trapiche Broquel Malbec Argentine Penaflor/Trapiche 2006

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    This is a very good example of what a malbec can be. If you like malbecs you will like this wine. It is more refined than many other malbecs in this price range and the tannins have been well rounded by the hot Argentina summer. This wine is a very dark purple hue with, spicy notes and a nice finish. Read More

    Wine review by rar8888


  • Navarro Correas Malbec Colección Privada 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by Diegote


  • Bodega El Portillo Malbec 2007

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    Great wine for the price, was smooth and I would purchase again Read More

    Wine review by jfrasse


  • Bodega Eral Bravo Urano Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

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    Great Cab! Very impressed. between the cab and the syrah, Urano is becoming one of my favorites. Had this one with prime rib, and it was phenomenal Read More

    Wine review by jaymesbawned


  • Luigi Bosca Pinot Noir Reserva 2006

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    The 2006 Pinot Noir is a medium-bodied wine that has smokey cherries and raspberries on the nose with red berries, cinnamon and chocolate in taste. I also had a minty taste on the back. It is very dry and the tannins are firm. Read More

    Wine review by CTwine


  • Santa Julia Brut Rose NV

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    Served chilled. Vibrant pink color in the glass. Bright aromas of strawberry and raspberry on the nose. The wine is light and crisp on the palate, maybe almost a little tart. The label says brut but the wine isn't quite that dry to me, it seems like it is verging more towards extra dry. Fine mousse. Good quality to price ratio. This is th... Read More

    Wine review by ttutony


  • Doña Paula Malbec 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by jlpeschiera


  • Diseño Malbec 2007

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    Wine review by kfrantz


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