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

  • Durigutti

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

  • Don Cristobal 1492

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

  • Viniterra

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

  • Dominio del Plata

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

  • Bodegas Santa Ana

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

  • Bodega Weinert

    Founded in 1975, Bodega y Cavas de Weinert is located in Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina´s craddle for t...

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Mendoza on Snooth

  • Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Agrelo 2006

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    Wine review by fabiogr


  • Zuccardi Zeta 2007

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    Wine review by Don Lenihan


  • Flight 11 - 2006 Neyers Napa Valley Ca Hudson Vineyards Syrah 89pts2 - 2004 ... ... Select Syrah Uco Valley Mendoza, Argentina 91ptsFlight 37 - 2006 Stolpman Santa Ynez Valley Estate Syrah 90pts8 - 2005 Firestone Santa Ynez Valley California Syrah 86pts9 - 2004 Zaca Mesa Santa Ynez Valley Ca Estate Syrah 92ptsFlight 410 - 2006 Dry Stack Cell... Read More

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  • Doña Paula Malbec Los Cardos 2007

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    Wine review by chelsieloveswine


  • Bodegas Monteviejo Malbec Vista Flores Lindaflor 2004

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    Wine review by chelsieloveswine


  • Luca Syrah 2006

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    Rather restrained with smoky, earthy light toast notes over vanilla tinged raspberry jam with a minor gamy/barnyard edge. Good intensity, modest complexity but more syrah character than some of the other wines here. Nicely gamy notes emerge with a saline edge to them, perhaps a touch of caper as well. Smooth and very polished, really refined an... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Luca Syrah 2006

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    Brighter, powdered sugar nose, red fruits and candy aromas. Flavors are near cloying, very red and ripe. The tannins are sharp, though, and complimentary and drying on the finish but that's welcome here. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Clos de Los Siete Michel Rolland Malbec Blend Clos de Los Siete 2006

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    We really enjoyed this wine and are looking forward to seeing where it goes over time. Big enough to lay down for future drinking, smooth enough to drink now if you don't mind some heat. Nice oak in the background. Alcohol seems a bit on the high side.I like to pair this with food from the region - churasco, etc. Read More

    Wine review by obiwandog


  • Sabato Malbec 2004

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    Wine review by NiceRack


  • Bodega Norton Malbec Reserve 2005

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    Wine review by 124190bryanjmatthews 124190 bryanjmatthews


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