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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  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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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  • Baron Balch'e

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

  • L.A. Cetto

    Vinos Cetto bajo la tutela y dirección de Don Luis Agustín Cetto, en 1963, da paso a una trans...

  • Vina de Liceaga

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

  • Casa Madero

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

  • 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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