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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • 1921 Tequila

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

  • 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...

  • Casa Madero

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

  • Monte Xanic

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

  • Milagro Vineyards

    Milagro Vineyards and Winery strives to make fine wine, starting in the Vineyard by raising the f...

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  • Cavas Valmar Tempranillo 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by KFAEHN

  • Sierra Blanca Vino Blanco 2007


    Very intense, fruity bouquet - peachVery fruity in beginning, peach and green apple... fruit taste fades quickly and leaves... nothingnothing special, but OK for the price (under US$ 10). Read More

    Wine review by Degrandcru

  • Ridge Monte Bello California Premier 1997


    Huge, super concentrated, black ink, with a nose of ripe boysenberries, tar, and taste of a big grapey fruit. Not as vibrant when it was young( I tried this 8 years ago, and just now), but after some air, it gives a hint of its youthful past. Low acidity, but lush, good finish, and almost sinful.If you can find this one, let me know! Read More

    Wine review by edub

  • Marqués del Valle Sauvignon Blanc 2007


    Bouquet: pearFruity with nice acidity. Nice wine for a summer night. Nothing out of the world, but great value for the price. Read More

    Wine review by Degrandcru

  • L. A. Cetto Zinfandel 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by Majikk

  • La Redonda Red Blend Orlandi 2004


    Buquet: sour cherry & moist clothlight and fruity for a Cabernet/Malbec, low alcohol (12.5%)nice every day wine. Read More

    Wine review by Degrandcru

  • L.A. Cetto Cabernet Sauvingon 2006


    This Wine of the year 2004 is FABULOUS, jump on board. It is not familiar to the U>S< market based on Mexican Tax Laws, Be assured by a California girl who loves it up! Read More

    Wine review by sandra scholz

  • Xa Cabernet Sauvignon 2007


    wild berry, cherry, hint of vanilla & dark chocolatemedium finish80 pesos in mexican supermarkets. Nothing special, but good value for the price Read More

    Wine review by Degrandcru

  • Wines of the San Juan White Blend Pale Morning Dun NV


    This is a very smooth and sweet white wine. Great for any setting - with meals or social occasions. It is one wine that I found on a recent trip to Santa Fe and one I will be ordering more of soon!! Read More

    Wine review by asovey

  • Gruet Winery Champagne Blend Brut Rosé NV


    No written review

    Wine review by jcwino

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