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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  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Vina de Liceaga

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

  • 1921 Tequila

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

  • Cavas Valmar

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

  • Tularosa Vineyards

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

  • 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...

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  • It is pretty amazing what is happening in Valle Guadalupe right now. A lot of ... Pavo Real wines down here in Mexico, do you know who distributes them in Mexico Cit Read More

    Forum post in the topic MEXICAN WINE, PAVO REAL WINES

  • @ DMCKER: I have been to Burgundy and love the Pinots. Also like the german ... 6 bottles per person into Mexico, so with my wife and kid I could bring up to 18 bottles.@JonDerry: Bourgueil & Chinon are very close to Saumur where we will be staying for 4 nights, so will definitely check those out. Thank you! And I´ll make sure to post a trip r... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Loire Valley in July

  • Mariatinto Red Blend Mariatinto 2009


    One of the top three wines I've ever had. Read More

    Wine review by Turbostrider

  • Hey guys!  Two Wines, a red blend and a white blend. I own the ... ... part of Pernod Ricard Mexico. A plentiful and exceptional viticulture region, wines have been cultivated in Mexico since the Spanish first arrived in the 16th century. Until now, these wines have been enjoyed within Mexican borders. Vides de Guadalupe Domecq is bringing th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic MEXICAN WINE, PAVO REAL WINES

  • Just thought I'd add a little something to the "wine I would not drink ... there, is sourced from New Mexico and then Arizona...before sourcing from California! The reason, which I was told at other wineries, was the cost. Really crazy, as the vast majority of those asked said that wine from the California fruit was by far the best selling wine... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine you would not drink...

  • MEXICO!Pavo Real Wines are cultivated in Valle De Guadalupe, Baja, Mexico. A plentiful and exceptional Viticulture region, wines have been cultivated in Mexico since the Spanish first arrived in the 16th century. Until now, these wines have been enjoyed within the Mexican borders. Blended by MS Ian Cauble and Imported Directly into the United St... Read More

    Forum post in the topic MEXICAN WINE, PAVO REAL WINES

  • Casa Rondena Serenade 2013


    Another local Wine and a good one. Pale, pale gold in the glass. Opens with baking yeast and minerals; then black tea and honey; more honey and baking spices. Honey carries over to the palate. Semi-dry with a lush mouthfeel. Little acidity. Peach and cream initially and as it opens, it loses the sweetness and becomes more herbal and mineral with... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Casa Rondena Viognier 2014


    Another home grown from Casa Rondena. A creamy viscous looking gold in the glass. Opens with a herbaceous, yeasty, pear; then more unripe pear; ending with apricot and pear. Medium body in the mouth, small legs, and very tart with high acidity. Some of the pear carries over to the palate, but with tart kiwi and cranberry and a pleasant mineralit... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Casa Rondena Meritage 2012


    From a local opposed to other wines of this relatively old age, still a bit young in the bottle.Brown Ruby Red semi-opaque in the glass with little legs. Opens with milk chocolate plum mousse; then off to cherry rhubarb; finally a bit of raisin honey.Not much of this carries over to the palate. Medium full in the mouth with mineralit... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • here's also some decent stuff from New Mexico of all places. GregT - I am assuming you are talking about Gruet.  They make a real nice sparkling wine.  And (what else could you expect) the family immigrated here from France...That Gruet is very decent.  I was surprised by that for the price.  I would recommend that for your selection, Joe.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Best wines for under $20

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