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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 Salentein

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

  • Cheval des Andes

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

  • Durigutti

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

  • Bodega Zuccardi

    The equipment in our winery allows us to optimize all the necessary resources in the productio...

  • Trivento

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

  • Viniterra

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

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  • Trivento Shiraz Blend Shiraz Malbec 2007

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    Wine review by gnmos


  • Tikal Malbec Blend Patriota 2006

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    Wine review by chefvangarde


  • Tikal Malbec Blend Patriota 2006

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    Very smooth interesting wine. There is this smell of strawberry & raspberry on the nose that is pleasing. There are no tannins. Very smooth drinking. For being young it is ready to be drank. Nice wine. Read More

    Wine review by chefvangarde


  • Tikal Malbec Blend Patriota 2006

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    Wine review by chefvangarde


  • Bodega Renacer Malbec Punto Final Classico 2007

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    Very interesting wine. Intense and spicy. BTW: The bottle label is black not white as in the picture above. Read More

    Wine review by JacekBarcikowski


  • Fantelli Torrontés 2007

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    I decided to try something different from the Napa wines and got this.Opened after chilled in ice. The scent is divine! It's definitely one of the most beautiful wine I've smelled this year! Horrible. My taste buds immediately boycotted me after the first sip. >_< I decided to wait and air it out before I sip again. I've also put the glass in ic... Read More

    Wine review by missafk


  • Cueva de las Manos Malbec 2007

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    A lot going on in this wine! At first whiff, I catch roasted pecan and a little chocolate and maybe a little leather. Full-bodied, velvety, dark cherry with oak with a nice lingering finish. After the oak, it ends on a slight fruity note. I like this! Read More

    Wine review by dkmrd5


  • Zuccardi Zeta 2007

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    Epicé, relents de clou de giroffle et bon corps Read More

    Wine review by Zel


  • Pure Love Wines Malbec Layer Cake 2006

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    Wine review by amg


  • 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


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