The heart of Argentina’s wine country; located on the eastern side of the Andes in the Cuyo region.
Mendoza’s climate can be characterized as arid; however, with extensive irrigation the surrounding landscape sustains cultivation with Mediterranean characteristics. Most precipitation in Mendoza falls in the summer months (November–March). Average temperatures for January (summer) are 32 °C (90 °F) during daytime, and 18.4 °C (65 °F) at night. July (winter) the average temperatures are 14.7 °C (58 °F) and 2.4 °C (36 °F), day and night respectively. Despite the intensity of agriculture, made possible due to irrigation from major rivers, Mendoza’s annual rainfall is only 223.2 mm.
Consists of alluvial clay, sand and rock soils.
Malbec is the important variety in planted acreage. Other varieties found in Argentina include Bonarda, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio and Viognier.