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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Bodega La Azul

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

  • Layer Cake

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

  • 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 Etchart

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

  • Gimenez Riili

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

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Mendoza on Snooth

  • Don Miguel Gascon Malbec 2008

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    I had this at the Bonefish Grill. They always serve the reds at 65 degrees. This was one of the best values I've had in wine. I bought a case right after dinner. It has a clean bouquet and nice finish. Best I've had under $12. Read More

    Wine review by Team Canada


  • Goulart Malbec Reserva 2007

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    We also just tried this wine, sort of by accident on a tasting table. We loved it - for the price, I wish I could find more for everyday drinking. Read More

    Wine review by Trixie1


  • Kaiken Malbec 2006

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    Mocha, tobacco, oak! Be careful to get the real thing: Kaiken Malbec Ultra -- as opposed to just the Kaiken Malbec. Very different quality of wines! I found the 2006 Malbec Ultra outstanding for the price -- $14.99 Read More

    Wine review by ChduP


  • Sur de Los Andes Mendoza Reserva Bonarda 2005

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    nice little jammy fruity quaffer Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2


  • Funky Llama Merlot 2005

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    Best merlot I've had....NO Worst merlot I've had....NOI smell a little cherry fruit and maybe slight blueberry, in the mouth though, I don't detect much, mildly dry with a slight cherry again on the finish. So, so. Read More

    Wine review by dkmrd5


  • Colores del Sol Malbec Reserva 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by duchessofdirt


  • Finca Flichman Chardonnay Misterio 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by bellaknox


  • Doña Paula Malbec 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by cbarbata


  • Bodega Catena Zapata Cabernet Sauvignon Alamos 2003

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    No written review

    Wine review by Moedog


  • Kaiken Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

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    The wine was good it had interesting flavors and a decent linger. It was definitely worth the money but not the most stunning wine. Read More

    Wine review by QuintessentialD


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