Mexican Wine

 

The history of Mexican wine production begins in the 1500s, when Hernan Cortes and his conquistadors exhausted their supply of wine while overthrowing the Aztecs. He ordered the colonists to plant 1000 grapevines for every 100 native “employees.” (Needless to say, “that mensch” is not something you hear people say about Cortes.) The Spanish conquistadors had vines brought over for religious mass, and more likely, wash down their food. With failed attempts to grow grapes in the more tropical regions of Mexico, the first grapes, known as Criolla (the mission grape of California and the Pais grape of Chile), were successfully planted in the Parras Valley of Coahuila. Growing in Puebla and Zacatecas soon followed. The first Mexican wine estate, Casa Madero, was founded in 1597 by Lorenzo Garcia in Santa Maria de los Parras in Coahuila and still exists.
 
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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

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

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  • Château Camou

    At Château Camou, we are striving day-in day-out to attain a single goal: creating great wines in...

  • Asombroso Tequila

    The recipe for the original tequila, AsomBroso, dates to the time the first agave heart was cooke...

  • Vina de Liceaga

    Established in 1983, by an aquisition of 20 hectares of land on the Ensenada Tecate Highway. At V...

  • Casa Madero

    Casa Madero is the first official wine estate in Mexico, founded in 1597 by Don Lorenzo de Garc...

  • Santa Fe Vineyards

    "All our wine labels are from original paintings by Amado Peña" We have recently partnered with ...

  • Milagro Vineyards

    Milagro Vineyards and Winery strives to make fine wine, starting in the Vineyard by raising the f...

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Mexico on Snooth

  • L.a. Cetto Nebbiolo Private Reserve 2012

    Snoothrank:

    A great every day wine - full medium body with a robust 'nose' and a surprisingly long finish. Read More

    Wine review by JulRenA


  • OT - yeah but not always.Basic Barberesco has to get 26 months total age before ... you make it in Santa Rita or Mexico, it's whatever you want.Was down in Mexico a couple weeks ago and had some Nebbiolo. Also had some from Temecula. Neither were inspiring. But I did pay $60 for a Mexican Syrah!EMark - I'm 100% with you about tasting more than ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...


  • Malagon Los Sesenta Sangiovese/Nebbiolo 2014

    Snoothrank:

    Minty, fruity nose. Initial taste is of not quite ripe fruitplum, peach, green apple. As the wine passes back, there is noticeable tannin, but it is not excessive. It does give the wine a bit of sturdiness. An unfortunate bitterness on the very back of the palate, but, maybe, Im being hypercritical. Surprisingly short finish. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • I have not tried the Quinta do Crasto, but will see if I can find it here in Mexico. Thanks for the tip. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Bitter finish


  • Don´t know, I am at the last glass. It´s still drinkable, but I ... ... holidays just started in Mexico).&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Bitter finish


  • As per your OP's title, JD, next a look at CA. From the Wine ... 780 miles from Oregon to Mexico. With 108 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs), more than 4,600 winegrape growers and an estimated 3,000 bonded wineries, California grows winegrapes in 46 of its 58 counties. Its tumultuous geologic history yields more than 2,000 distinct soil types, ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Cabernet v. Pinot and most...


  • Hello Dmcker... not the first post, its a blog that I have going since End of ... ... wine and wine culture in Mexico (restaurant / wine bar reviews etc.) in English language for travellers, expats and folks that are just interested in Mexican wine. Let´s see, but for making sence out of it I have to narrow down the content of the blog.Any inp... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Mexican wines


  • Yeah, JD, tart is good. As I said above, there is an art to getting the right ... from a) an extended visit to Mexico where you can try many aged tequilas, or b) a visit to the kind of bar like my friend's in Tokyo that has 400 varieties of tequila and his other bar with maybe half that many mescals where you can taste through a lot of fine si... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Casa Rondena 1629 2010

    Snoothrank:

    Wow, a delight from local Winery. Opens with loads of ripe Plum, Caramel, and Vanilla; then more Cinnamon and Plum; finally Blueberry, Plum, and baking Spices.Most of these carry over to the palate in a very smooth, well balanced Tannins & Acidity. Continues to open more in the glass with notes of Cherry and Oak. Very satisfying and much better ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • I don´t think that anybody here besides me is located in central Mexico, but the best yearly mexican wine festival is coming up again:www.100vinosmexicanos.comIts held at the Redonda winery and almost every mexican wine maker is presenting their wines. It´s about 2.5 hours drive from Mexico City and about 45 minutes from Queretaro and its a grea... Read More

    Forum post in the topic MEXICAN WINE, PAVO REAL WINES


  • I have a bottle of 1962 Hidalgo, Vina San Juan, Vino Tinto. Does anyone here know if this bottle is worth keeping. I am moving and about to throw it away. Thanks in advance; my email address is: elgadocha@yahoo.com

    Comment by 1973810Babar Bouzouardo 1973810 Babar Bouzouardo


  • Recently I was in the state of Queretaro, Mexico, where I discovered an interesting and different vineyards. "Bodegas De Cote", where I enjoyed a delicious "Tempranillo-Shiraz 2014" accompanied by a rich cut of beef steak and fresh "ensalda" bathed in rich spices. The wine strengthened the touch steak, highlighting its touch "semi fruity." I rec...

    Comment by 1915008Joe Noventa 1915008 Joe Noventa


  • good one

    Comment by 1337036Helen Poole 1337036 Helen Poole


  • I agree with what I saw, the Gruet, St. Claire, Tularosa, Santa Fe Vineyards, etc are NOT produced in Mexico and should not be included here. They are produced in NEW Mexico, part of the USA. We in NEW Mexico have as fine and old a wine-making heritage as California (maybe even older). I think you should update and correct this page. I did c...

    Comment by 1171936casachavez 1171936 casachavez


  • Sooo, any good Mexican wine out there? I am in Sonora State and so far not great!

    Comment by 1027916KarinG 1027916 KarinG


  • Mexican wine isgreat , balanced and usually with pepper and salty notes on its flavors . I recommend "Vino de Piedra"

    Comment by 907466proxemia 907466 proxemia


  • the wine im lookin for is bout 4.95 a bottle,its a cheaper wine but has all nateral ingretants,if u know what i mean please txt me,its sometg like reney barr,i missed the whole name

    Comment by 907646barbarapyron 907646 barbarapyron


  • Mexico is a wonderful diverse country. I live Chiapas, Sonora & Yucatan. I love the indigenous peoples.

    Comment by 790712Sonqasawa 790712 Sonqasawa


  • I am confused. Is the wine industry in Mexico able to compete with other countries? Why can I find wines from Chile ,Argentina, Austraila,South Africa ,New Zealand but none from M exico?thanx

    Comment by 639132frankc533 639132 frankc533


  • The best wines to my taste have come from the oldest winery in the Western Hemisphere Madero the best are:CASA GRANDE Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz, combines or Shiraz and same grapes for CASA Madero, great wines!!!

    Comment by 273527hgbecerra 273527 hgbecerra


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