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.
The Spaniards were doing so well with their colonized wine production, that Charles I ordered all ships traveling Read more »

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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...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

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  • L.A. Cetto

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

  • Santa Fe Vineyards

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

  • Monte Xanic

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

  • 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...

  • Milagro Vineyards

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

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  • Château Camou Flor de Guadalupe Blanc de Blancs NV


    love it! clean and refreshing, great with shellfish! Read More

    Wine review by jackietheredhead

  • Dh Lescombes Ratafia NV


    We had been waiting for a special occasion to drink this wine. One finally came along. The bottle stated sweet table wine as the description. It would have been nice to have been a little more informed before using it with the main course. This is definitely a dessert wine. It was by far the sweetest wine I have tasted to date. The winemak... Read More

    Wine review by robcan303

  • Albarolo Fruta Del 2006


    389 Pesos en La Europea, Mexico City, dark color, very intense, hint of chocolate, but lack of character Read More

    Wine review by Degrandcru

  • Gruet Brut NV


    tangy lemon scenttart and a bit milky (as opposed to creamy) Read More

    Wine review by GoinGray

  • Cavas Valmar Cabernet Sauvignon 2000


    No written review

    Wine review by elle27

  • Cavas Valmar Tempranillo 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by elle27

  • Umbral Ensambletinto 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by Degrandcru

  • L. A. Cetto Cabernet Sauvignon Don Angel 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by thisisfranciswu

  • Blue Teal Vineyards White Merlot 2004


    I love this wine. It's great when you want something light and yummy. Read More

    Wine review by Twila

  • As I mentioned in my previous post, the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) ... York, Virginia, Canada and Mexico wont even get you 10% of the way there!A full day on the wines of Central & Eastern Europe?Too bad I have no professional experience (apart from selling a couple Grüners and a Tokaji) with the wines of Austria, Switzerland, Hung... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The WSET Diploma Mise-en-Scène

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