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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Chardonnay

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

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  • Cavas Valmar

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

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 1921 Tequila

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

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Mexico on Snooth

  • 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

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  • L. A. Cetto Petite Sirah 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Two or three times a year my brother-in-law stops off at the Valle de Guadalupe to pick up some B.C. wine on his return from fishing trips down around Santo Tomas. He gives me these wines and I enjoy tracking the progress of the wine industry, down there. This one seems like a step back from older vintages that I have had from this maker. Fir... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • v v, 3 or 4 times a year my brother-in-law goes on fishing trips to Baja ... ... store actually has a "Mexico" section.  I have seen (and, actually, bought) L.A. Cetto wines there.  Interestingly, the back label on the Total Wine ones are in English.It is winter, today, in So Cal, and, so, we are having a hearty stew for dinner, tonight.  I'm ... Read More

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  • L.A. Cetto Zinfandel 2012

    Snoothrank:

    I like to check out south-of-the-border wines every now and again. My brother-in-law helps out by occasionally stopping at one or two of the Baja wineries every now and again on the way back from his fairly regular fishing trips down there. This one is evidence that Dry Creek Valley has nothing to fear from Valle de Guadalupe as far as Zinfand... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Buy Real/Fake Passports,Driver’s License,ID Cards,Visas, USA Green ... ... ... France, Germany, Israel, Mexico, Netherlands, South Africa,Spain, United Kingdom and worldwide.Contact e-mails:===============================sinclaire371@gmail.comGeneral support:===========================sinclaire371@gmail.comContact Number:======================... Read More

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  • Gruet Winery "Methode Champenoise" Brut Bottle NV

    Snoothrank:

    Had this frequently over the years, always quite good and an astounding value. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • La Cava de Don Agustin Tequila Anejo

    Snoothrank:

    Great Anejo, though the packaging could use a bit of design, too much like Don Julio. Honey Caramel tastes, a bit of smoke, but very, very smooth and very little, to no, alcohol burn. Reminded me of Don Julio 1942, but just not as complex, but for the price point, a steal. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Why is Freemark Abbey even on the list? Is is 1976 again?LOL!  GregT only ... York, Texas, Maryland, New Mexico, Michigan, and Pennsylvania all found their way into our top 101.All said, I tend to find these "lists" hokey and horrible for the most part.  I guess I can say that I was surprised to find the likes of Scholium and Soliste on the li... Read More

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  • Chinaco Tequila Anejo NV

    Snoothrank:

    Not my favorite, but then I have not done a flight to compare this with the several that are...still very good.interesting reviews here:http://www.tequila.net/tequila-reviews/anejos/chinaco-tequila-anejo.html Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Most disappointing. Both that you don't drink much Syrah and that ... ... stuff from Arizona and New Mexico, Colorado and even Idaho, all of which I've tried in the interest of scienc Read More

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  • 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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