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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  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

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  • Santa Fe Vineyards

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

  • Baron Balch'e

    Barón Balché is a symbol of Nobility. The Mission of the Barón Balché Vineyard is to produce the ...

  • Casa de Piedra

    This project was born with the desire to produce an excellent wine for the enjoyment of the group...

  • Cavas Valmar

    The story of CavasValmar starts when in 1919 arrives to Ensenada Don Federico Valentin, born in t...

  • 1921 Tequila

    We use the highest quality Agave in the production of our Tequila. Cultivated in the red soils of...

  • Casa Madero

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

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Mexico on Snooth

  • Nice rant D!The other thing to keep in mind is that it truly is possible to ... I'm going to see about Mexico in the near future.The problem is that it can't make great or even good wine in EVERY part of those regions.And I'm 100 pct with you on the trendies. But isn't it always the same? If a little bit more or less is good, a lot more or les... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Unoaked vs Oaked Chardonnay


  • Just got back from about a week in Cancun, Mexico. Chilaquiles consumed every morning, however the hotel made theirs with red sauce, but luckily they had a great verde supplement. Great food over at the Riu Palace, or at least, some consistenly good options for all meals. Fried plantains with frijoles, sour cream, and hot sauce usually makes me ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hamburger wines


  • Chilaquiles are breakfast food down Mexico way. Which are commonly associated with some crappy beer (like Corona) in a michelada that has lime and chili sauce and worcestershire sauce in it (a sudsy version of a bloody mary, obviously) on on the patio overlooking the sea on hangover days. No wine I can think of that I'd want with them even later... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hamburger wines


  • Gruet Blanc de Blancs Brut Sparkling Blend New Mexico 2007

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    Wine review by AlineAlmeida


  • JD, I think my folks drank wines of varying quality.  Ever since I was a kid and we went to Mexico, we've tried to drink locally when traveling.  (Yes, we had Mexican wine in the 1970s, and I cannot remember anything about it except it wasn't bad.) My father said that hardly anything seems to be exported, although I suspect that there are areas ... Read More

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  • "Crianza" just means there has been some aging regimen.  In Mexico, no particular rule, so it's meaningless. I mentioned elsewhere that yesterday I was in Paso Robles and bought a Mourvedre/Cab/Syrah blend from the Asuncion Ridge tasting room.  We drank it tonight--and while those grapes aren't too esoteric in various combinations, Cab and Mourv... Read More

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  • Vena Cava Big Blend 2012

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    More blue-purple than red-purple in the glass. Fairly light on the nosesome barnyard hints, some vegetative hints. Under the palate this is a harmless, albeit, non-distinctive wine. Initial tastes are of dried fruitsprunes, raisinswithout the sweetness. An unusual mouth sensationthis wine seems to have the consistency or viscosity of perspir... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Growing up doing a bit of surfcasting, pier and offshore fishing in LA, Ventura ... ... for the latter down into Mexico, as you also likely would've done better in a smaller, friendlier, more ethnically defined San Diego back decades ago before supermarkets, restaurant chains and mass-food-processing/packaging industries took over the earth.Nex... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Tasting with GregT: Vega,...


  • Buy Real Genuine data base Registered and Fake Passport, Drivers license,Id ... ... France, Germany, Israel, Mexico, Netherlands, SouthAfrica, Spain, United Kingdom, Japan, China and This list is not full!Our Team has years of experience producing high quality authenticgrade1 fake passports, Real genuine data base registered passports,data bas... Read More

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  • Duncan, I remember your report on the Morroccan wine.  I remember ... the ... the guy who drinks wine from Mexico.  Speaking of which I had another L.A. Cetto last night--a Petite Sirah.  Drinkable but, otherwise forgetable.  It was made from fermented grapes but had no character or structure.Now I know I'm in an Ojai rut, but so be it.  I hav... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • 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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