Definition - What does Mendoza mean?
Mendoza is one of the most prominent wine regions in the the world and the largest wine region in Argentina, producing 70% of the country‘s annual wine production. Located in the west of Argentina, Mendoza city is considered the heart of the Argentine wine industry where the majority of their world-famous wineries are located. Mendoza lies on a high altitude plateau (2,000–3,600 ft above sea level) in the eastern foothills of the Andes mountains.
WineFrog explains Mendoza
Mendoza is also the oldest wine area in Argentina that dates back to the time when Argentina was colonized. Vineyards started establishing in Medoza when phylloxera louse plagued Spanish and Italian vineyards. Today, the Mendoza region contains more than 356,000 acres of planted vineyards and is divided into 12 sub regions covered by two main departments: Maipú and Luján.
Also, Mendoza is popular for its incredibly diverse production of wines. Their production includes popular wines like Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. The spectacular range of altitude influences the variation in wine production and also allows grapes to ripen for an extended period, contributing towards the rich flavors of the wine and towards the production of ideal tannins. Due to all these factors, Mendoza, Argentina is the most prominent wine growing area in South America and the fifth largest wine growing area in the world.