Mendoza is mostly known for its red wines made from the Malbec-grape. Almost three quarters of Argentina's wine comes from Mendoza.
After trains connected Mendoza to the capitol Buenos Aires in 1885 a wineboom set in. Several large cellars were founded in Mendoza at the foot of the Andes. Today there are more than 2000 bodegas. The wines are named Bordeaux and Chablis, no matter what grapes they are pressed from. The vines that dominates today, the Malbec, was grown back in the day. Cabernet Sauvignon only plays a small role here. Chenin Blanc was formerly grown like Chardonnay.
The warm balanced climate offers best conditions for the production of red wines. The green roof of uncoutable high-grown plantations made life within the dry steppes livble. There isn't a lot of rain here, the vinesyards must be artificially irrigated.
The majority of red wines are blends of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. THe Italian Barbera and Sangiovese made full wines. Syrah is one of the hopefuls for the future. The Malbec is Argentina's superstar. Its wines are complete and opulent, with sweet and spicy aroma of berries.