Alessandra Esteves

Discover Argentina’s Mendoza Wine Region and Sub-Regions

When I was studying for the WSET Level 4 in Wines & Spirits, the Diploma, I decided to go on a trip to Argentina to explore the different regions of Mendoza. Mendoza is sub-divided into many wine regions, with distinct microclimates and soils. Explore Argentina's Mendoza Wine Region  | Mendoza Wine Country and its Sub-Regions |


Maipu (not to be confused with Maipo, Chile) is very close to the city of Mendoza. Wineries such as Rutini, Trapiche, and Zuccardi have vineyards located in this region. Maipu is by far the warmest area in Mendoza and has the lowest elevation (700m) in the area. You can expect wines with more body and alcohol, powerful tannins and very fruity in style.

All the wineries welcome tourists, and some have restaurants with magnificent views of the vineyards. If you visit Zuccardi/St. Julia, stop by Pan & Oliva where you can taste their delicious homemade olive oils.

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Lujan de Cuyo

The wines made in Lujan de Cuyo especially in the districts of Las Compuertas, Vistalba, Agrelo, and Perdriel, are complex and have more acidity due to their high elevation (between 800 and 1,100m). Dona Paula is a very recognized producer in this area. In the past few years, they have invested a significant amount in the study of soils and plantings of different varietals.

Argentina is typically associated with Malbec, but varietal wines made with Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot are not uncommon nowadays. Bodegas Casarena is now bottling single vineyards wines from Agrelo and Perdriel, and the varietal wines made with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Syrah. Enjoy a tasting at Casarena and have lunch overlooking the vineyards.

Uco Valley, Mendoza Wine Regions and Sub-Regions | Visit the Mendoza Wine Region of Argentina
A look at the breathtaking backdrop of the Uco Valley in Mendoza, Argentina.

Uco Valley

South of Mendoza, the Uco Valley has breathtaking views and premium wines. Vineyards and Bodegas lie literally on the foothills of the Andes with elevations up to 1,600m. Blue lakes, green vineyards, and the Andes are the typical view in sub-regions such as Tupungato, Gualtallary, and Tunuyan. Because of the altitude, the climate is cooler, with average temperatures of 14° C. The wines have high acidity and are intense and powerful on the palate.

Wineries such as Salentein, Clos de los Siete, Atamisque, O Fournier and Catena Zapata have vineyards here, and the region is growing in popularity. The famous The Vines, a resort and winery, offers guests a chance to learn the art of winemaking and blending.

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Alessandra Esteves
Director of Wine Education at Florida Wine Academy
Alessandra Esteves is the Director of Wine Education for the Florida Wine Academy. She is a WSET Certified Educator and holds the WSET Level 4 (Diploma) in Wines & Spirits. She also has a Champagne Master Level, by the Wine Scholar Guild.

Ms. Esteves’ articles on wine and related subjects have been published in three books, and in magazines in different countries. Ms. Esteves has also served as an Associate Judge at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in London. More recently, Ms. Esteves participated as a Competition Judge at the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Convention & Exposition.

Alessandra Esteves hosts and produces the Happy Hour Radio Show on Jolt Radio, which airs every 3rd Wednesday of the month on Previously, Ms. Esteves practiced as a corporate lawyer in Brazil and Germany, having joined the Brazilian Bar Association in 2000. She is fluent in Portuguese, German, English, Italian, and Spanish; and has acquired a primary proficiency in French.
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