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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

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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...

  • Vina de Liceaga

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

  • 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...

  • Cavas Valmar

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

  • 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

  • EM - Yes, lots of older riders have their bikes shipped out to some place near ... coast, over to Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, etc., and we've driven a bit on the east coast too - up to Maine / Nova Scotia, down to Key West in Florida, and over to New Orleans before Katrina hit that area a while back.  So this summers trip to see the solar eclip... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Opened this today. Bought it for $25 at the french club in Mexico City, don´t know if this is available in the US, but at $25 it is an absolutely steal. Earthy, ripe fruit, truffels, all you can ask for from a  Cotes de Nuits 1er Cru.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Burgundy on a Budget


  • Don´t worry Al, they usually don´t water down the wine.... or are ... the equipment?Next time in Mexico drink wine instead of water and try to avoid throwing ice cubes in the glass. &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Mexican wines


  • Any concerns with the water used during the processing in Mexico?  I still won't drink the water down there, and I try to avoid local water throughout Central and South America. Read More

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  • I ve tried the Nebbiolo of Cuna de Tierra, which is excellent. Its 60% ... in ... ... in Guanajuato, central Mexico. There are new wineries opening all over Central Mexico... Queretaro, Aguascalientes, Guanajuato... lots of them still with pretty low quality, but some of them are surprising and Cuna de Tierra is definitively worth to tr Read More

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  • Christy - Welcome to snooth!  Let's know the wines you are drinking ... ... you usually vacation in Mexico and what are recommendations in the are Read More

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  • I announced it elsewhere, but I had been thinking about an offline in July. ... ... areas (Nebbiolo from Mexico?  Ribolla Gialla from Napa?) or maybe one of the big grapes we don't do often--Cab--from all over the world.  I'm really interested in S. African and Australian examples, also Italian and maybe E. European if we do that. We could al... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Time for an offline?


  • 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

    Snoothrank:

    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 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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