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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

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

  • Bodega La Azul

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

  • Bodegas Santa Ana

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

  • Cheval des Andes

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

  • Bodega Salentein

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

  • Durigutti

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

  • 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

  • Wines tasted for this report:2006 Budini Malbec 85pts2007 Finca Flichman Malbec ... Malbec remain in and around Mendoza, some 150 miles from the Pacific coast but all but insulated against any affects by the looming and imposing Andes. The Andes prevent excessive rain from falling on these vineyard slopes, by forcing the rain to fall on the wes... Read More

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  • Bodegas San Polo Auka Malbec 2006

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    Opaque black-purple. This opens very slowly with very restrained aromatics. Subtly smoky with slow to emerge notes of crushed berries, juniper, slight smoked meets and a vein of floral tones. Very smooth in the mouth and packed with fine tannins this has a lovely mouthfeel; with melded mocha and berry notes joined by an array of spice and minera... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Achával-Ferrer Malbec Mendoza Finca Bella Vista 2007

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    Vivid violet color and almost opaque in the glass. This opens with intensely floral and tropical fruited notes and a touch of raw, black pepper studded bacon. A touch syrah like then a rush of freshly crushed wild raspberry greets the nose with an underlay of vanilla crème that is barely noticeable. In the mouth this is bright and vivid with bla... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Luigi Bosca Malbec Reserva Lujan de Cuyo Mendoza 2005

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    Dark and intensely purple but decidedly transparent at the same time. This present a totally different aromatic array than the other wines with funky, earthy tones taking sometime to blow off before revealing a touch of rubbery, oily shale then layers of subtle dried bay leaves, dried flowers, a bit of musky white pepper, a touch of horsy stable... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Bodega Renacer Malbec Punto Final Reserva 2005

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    Opaque black-purple but with a touch of coffee on the rim. Funny this also smells of coffee, creamy coffee and alcoholic, a bit like Irish coffee with notes of spicy wood tones, raw wood, vanilla and a top note of talc. The typical sweet entry is followed by bitter tannins. This is very extracted with a deep core of blackberry fruit that has no ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Bodega Sur de Los Andes Malbec Gran Reserva 2006

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    Opaque black-purple in the glass. Opens with a huge, spicy nose, strong dried ginger, blueberry compote with a touch of bitter orange jam. This smells both modern and expensive. Very smooth and rich in the mouth with a suave, cashmere fell that belies the wines extraction. The tough, woody tannins pop out, marring the finish but the core of frui... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Navarro Correas Syrah Colección Privada 2006

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    Appearing dark, dense and youthful in the glass this offers up effusive notes of oaken spice and toast notes with layers of dried plum and berry fruit. Gains complexity in the glass with some growing herb notes and a smoky, meaty core of fruit graced by vanilla top notes. Sweetly fruited on entry with a rich, round mouthfeel that combines polish... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Luigi Bosca Tempranillo Finca la Linda 2006

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    Appearing quite dense but youthful with an edge of development. Heavy aromatics, dark and honeyed, with sweet black fruit and gentle spice notes. A bit dull in the mouth with a refreshing herbal character but a hot and hollow mid-palate. The finish is fairly long with oak driven notes of caramel and toffee. 82pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Finca Flichman Malbec Reserva 2007

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    Typical dark dense Malbec color but not opaque. Very floral apon opening, very attractively so at that with melon, berry, toast and mineral notes competing and eventually winning out as the floral notes fade. Round and medium bodied in the mouth with bright acids but that doesnt prevent this from being a bit dull on the palate. Finishes with a l... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Budini Malbec 2006

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    Moderately dense ruby color, still youthful but with a touch of incipient evolution. Offers up a nose of sweet fruits, some fresh nectarine, blackberry, tarry oily herbs, a touch of earthen spice. In the mouth this is a bit lean compared with typical Malbec but is fresh and easy with soft tannins and good acidity. The flavors are a bit non-descr... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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