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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • Malbec

    History of the grape: Some believe Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who spread plantings along the French co...

  • 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...

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

  • Familia Cassone

    Surrounded by the Andes range landscape with the majestic Aconcagua Mountain on the background, F...

  • 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...

  • Bodega La Azul

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

  • Viniterra

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

  • 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

  • Conquista de Argentina Malbec 2018

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    Ruby coloration and relatively clear in nature, this also shows rusty hues around the rim. The aroma is very juicy and fruit forward, showing off grapes and nothing much else....it smells semi-sweet...interesting. The flavors are berry intense showcasing tart cherry, grape, blackberry and perhaps some blueberry, muted spices, chocolate covered... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Gaucho Andino 'Winemaker Selection' Mendoza Argentina Malbec 2017

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    There is something just not right about this wine, lack of time in the oak? late picking of the vintage? dry year? Just not the Malbec i have come accustomed to. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Mendel Malbec Mendoza Argentina 2015

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    A very strong and centered Malbec and it is obvious that it spends time in the oak although it lacks something that I cannot quite tell. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Benmarco Expresivo 2016

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    The BenMarco (Dominio de la Plata, S. A.) Expresivo Malbec blend is my first. The wine is inky-black in the glass - completely opaque, with a very inviting, rich scent of plums and sweet cherry and a hint of spice (light oak). Damson plum and cherry overlain with vanilla and soft wood greet the palate on entry; the wine is slightly acidic, ele... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Santa Julia Winemaker's Reserve Mountain Blend 2017

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    Binny's 02/2020. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Torrevieja Mendoza Argentina 'Limited Edition' Malbec 2017

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    Its good to see the interest in sustainability and organic of which wines were for thousands of years. nevertheless this wine was uninspiring while arguably pure. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Urano Syrah Earl Bravo Mendoza Argentina 2008

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    Excellent wine. Very smooth with a complex flavor. Highly recommended. Read More

    Wine review by Tony Colozza


  • Dona Paula Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 2016

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Gran Medalla Malbec Trapiche 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Ricardo Santos Mendoza Argentina Semillon 2018

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    very fruity and clean causing one to insist that it may be a little young Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


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  • Mendoza is the center of Argentina’s wine industry and accounts for approximately 70% of the country’s total output. Nearly all the major wineries are concentrated in this province. Its signature grape is the Malbec. The climate and terroir in Mendoza are the ideal setting for the full expression of this grape variety. The beauty of Mendoza's do...

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  • I am planning a trip to Mendoza and would love some advice on which wineries to visit. Thanks.

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