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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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  • Milagro Vineyards

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

  • Château Camou

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

  • Casa de Piedra

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

  • Baron Balch'e

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

  • Casa Madero

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

  • Monte Xanic

    The Valle de Guadalupe is located 30 kilometers inland from Ensenada, on Mexico's Pacific Coast, ...

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Mexico on Snooth

  • Santo Tomas Tempranillo 2008

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    very nice and balanced wine. Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Domecq Vino Tinto Cabernet Sauvignon Grenache 2014

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    This was an inexpensive wine purchased in los Cabos from the well known Domecq firm's domain in Baja California. It is a 2014 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache, bought in a Soriana supermarket for 99 pesos (under $6 US inclusive of tax, so comparable to a $5 bottle in the U.S. I was intrigued by the blend, as Cabernet and Grenache is n... Read More

    Wine review by Dougman


  • L. A. Cetto Don Luis Selección Reservada Merlot 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • I never thought much off blind tasting. I always thought I knew what I like and ... and ... course down here in Mexico City with a lot of blind tasting involved and it really opened my eyes.It really helped me to better understand the characterics of grapes, terroir, winemaking, new world - old world... and it also opened my eyes on how much t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Blind Tasting


  • Dh Lescombes Limited Release Mourverde 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by Pezeggy


  • This is my 16 best of 2016:Domaine Jean-Louis Chave, Hermitage, 2002 (Rhone, ... Gran Vino Tinto, 1997 (Baja, Mexico)Okro’s Wine, Rkatsiteli, 2010 (Kakheti, Georgia)Lagvinari, Goruli Mtsvane, 2015 (Kartli, Georgia)Zorah, Yeraz 2013 (Vayots Dzor, Armenia)Roxanich, Antica, 2009 (Istria, Croatia)Tomac, Amphora Pjenušac Brut, 2010 (Plešivica, Croa... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What's Your 2016 Wine of the...


  • Thanks for the warm welcome! First question: favourite producers is a muddy ... ... for your Nebbiolo!7. Mexico: Casa Valmar (Mentioned in the Wine Bible as one of the most important wineries.)8. Montenegro: Plantaze (This winery uses only estate fruit from their 2,310-hectare vineyard plot. It's a singular plot! I consider Plantaze as a wine... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Hi! I've been active on the Vinous and Reddit Wine forums and was looking ... Armenia, Georgia, Turkey, Mexico, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, etc. Ask me anythin Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • "Never rains in Cali.  Read that on internet must be ... is very different from Mexico's or Argentina's or Spain's. Most Spanish speakers denigrate it. Kinda like Yorkshire English, Spanish version. Beautiful island, though, good people and great food and drink. See if you can't pick up a '57 Chevy with (mostly) original parts....  Read More

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  • Casa Noble Single Barrel Anejo

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    Part of a flight tasting at Mi Dia from Scratch in Plano. Seemed similar to the Deleon, perhaps a bit softer - with seemingly more vanilla a bit of cocoa and a bit of fruit.Terrific. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • 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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