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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Monte Xanic

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

  • Baron Balch'e

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

  • Tularosa Vineyards

    David Wickham, owner of theTularosa Vineyards Winery, is a native of Watkins Glen, New York. His ...

  • Santa Fe Vineyards

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

  • 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...

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  • Adobe Guadalupe Red Blend Gabriel 2011


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  • Heart of the Desert Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2010


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  • Way to revive an old thread!But I'm glad you did. Very nice pics and even ... against six?BTW, where in Mexico are yo Read More

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  • "I have not been back to China since a lengthy visit prior to the changes ... ... were coming up from Mexico how the US would react.Thirdly, some nice photographs. First the capital of Hebei province, then Beijing (which Hebei wraps around) then some of the rest of China (Changsha in Hunan; Wuhan--kindof the oldskool Pittsburgh of China, thou... Read More

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  • "I live in México, and have widely varying temperatures, there are ... ...  And which part of Mexico?Great pictures not only of your original project, but of the cellar, too. The cellar looks cool, and a great place not only to store wines, but to enjoy them, as well. I like your slice-of-barrel-in-the-wall decorative touch. Were you at all t... Read More

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  • Marqués del Valle Cabernet-Malbec 2008


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    Wine review by mark

  • Gruet Brut Rose New Mexico 2013


    Very very good rose from Gruet which is located just outside of Albuquerque. IMO this bottle outperforms many higher dollar quaffs. A very smooth and yeasty flavor, with notes of lemon and cream. Not too robust bubbles. Crisp and well balanced acidity. Read More

    Wine review by pboss

  • D'Poncelis 2010


    DPoncelis 2010 es un vino elaborado por los Sommeliers Pedro Poncelis Jr y Don Pedro Poncelis Brambila.Su Pasión por el vino los ha llevado a trabajar en el desarrollo de un proyecto enologico que pretende interpretar a su modo y estilo lo que a ellos mas les gusta del Vino y en especial del Vino Mexicano.Baja California fue el lugar elegido par... Read More

    Wine review by poncelis

  • Santo Tomas Barbera 2010


    Love the 2010, just started getting into reds and can only recommend this to anyone wanting a spicy/sweet, extremely smooth wine. Read More

    Wine review by Tumanator

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