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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  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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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  • Cavas Valmar

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

  • Casa Madero

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

  • L.A. Cetto

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

  • 1921 Tequila

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

  • Château Camou

    At Château Camou, we are striving day-in day-out to attain a single goal: creating great wines in...

  • Vina de Liceaga

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

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  • Gruet Winery Champagne Blend Brut Rosé NV


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    Wine review by jcwino

  • Vino Blanco Calafia 2006


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    Wine review by Majikk

  • Gruet New Mexico Sparkling Wine Blanc de Blancs 2004


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    Wine review by patricklpeterson

  • Gruet Brut NV


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  • Gruet Brut NV


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    Wine review by skieser

  • L. A. Cetto Petite Sirah 2006


    Rachelle- Raspberry, fruity and dry. smells sweet, tastes dry.Jeff- medium-full body. nice finish, not oakie. Very nice. good nose. definite re-buy. dont eat with cream sauces. Very good with chocolate. Read More

    Wine review by JeffRachelle

  • L. A. Cetto Petite Sirah 2006


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    Wine review by JeffRachelle

  • On the weekend I made a little trip to visit the wineries in the state of ... ... ... drive to Freixenet of Mexico (Mexican subidiary of the spanish company): also offers a free tour, where one can visit the deepest cavas in the Americas (25 mts). They also produce the sparkling w... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine tour in Querétaro, México

  • 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

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