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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Don Cristobal 1492

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

  • Bodega Weinert

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

  • Bodegas Santa Ana

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

  • Finca SOPHENIA

    Following the advice of Michel Rolland, Finca SOPHENIA has made its dream true: preparing great w...

  • Bodegas Benegas

    It is located in the Luján de Cuyo region, carril Ardoz (off route 60), 300 meters from its inter...

  • Dominio del Plata

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

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Mendoza on Snooth

  • Bodega Norton Cosecha Tardia 2007

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    This is a delicious wine made from overly ripe grapes that give up extra sugar. The flavor is soft with lots of honey and a nose like wild blossoms. Great as an easy drinking wine by itself or after dinner. Read More

    Wine review by HB Carter


  • Susana Balbo Malbec 2007

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    Wine review by Winosaur


  • Septima Syrah Tempranillo 2003

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    Suprisingly delicious for the price. Nose of plum and blackberries. Dried cranberries on the palatte, and tannins that are not overpowering. A good medium body that you can't beat for the price; the type of wine I'd like to have for an every-day-drinker. Read More

    Wine review by tblain1


  • Pascual Toso Malbec Maipu Vineyard 2007

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    Wine review by elchiconico


  • Budini Malbec 2007

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    Wine review by Karros270


  • Alma Negra Red Blend 2003

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    The shelf talker for this one said something to the effect of: "Our distributor hyped the shit out of this wine. Like Pavlov's dog, we were blown away. Our hasty decision = your purchase." I considered on my way out the door that, for $35, this wine was either going to fantastic, as this spikey-haired gentleman suggested:http://thespiderking.com... Read More

    Wine review by redatom


  • Pascual Toso Malbec Reserve 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by males


  • Bodega Norton Reserva Malbec Mendoza Argentina 2006

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    This amazing Argentinian wine was the piece de resistance of our 8 course asian fusion New's Eve dinner. I should mention that it was enjoyed, while juxtaposed with acceptable champagne. Read More

    Wine review by Ouguiya


  • Primum Malbec

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    This is one of the best wines for the price that I've ever come across. Bold from the moment the bottle is opened, with complex yet smooth flavors. It goes with almost any food as well. Great value for an outstanding wine. Read More

    Wine review by handron


  • Santa Julia Organica Cabernet 2007

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    What an AMAZING bargain wine! Tastes like a $20 bottle but it sells for less than $10. My new favorite every-night-kinda-wine. Read More

    Wine review by LCLindley


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