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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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  • 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...

  • Asombroso Tequila

    The recipe for the original tequila, AsomBroso, dates to the time the first agave heart was cooke...

  • Baron Balch'e

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

  • 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...

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  • L.A. Cetto Petit Syrah 2005


    I enjoyed it in my last night in Puerto Vallarta, it was almost the perfect companion for my grilled salmon and shrimp. It smelled fruity and tasted like red fruits. Read More

    Wine review by gumoz

  • Gruet Blanc de Blancs NV


    No written review

    Wine review by mtvector

  • Dh Lescombes Imperial Kir NV


    This was served at our family Christmas and it was a hit. The hint of sweetness in this sparkling wine was great. Read More

    Wine review by LASLSU

  • Gruet Brut NV


    No written review

    Wine review by Cogrady

  • Monte Xanic White Blend Chenin Colombard 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by Degrandcru

  • Reserva Real 2007


    No character at all. Heard good reviews about the 2005, but they Domecq changed the grape varietals... why would you use different grapes under the same wine name in a different vintage??? Read More

    Wine review by Degrandcru

  • L. A. Cetto Petite Sirah 2006


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    Wine review by Degrandcru

  • Chateau Domecq Cosecha Seleccionada Vino Blanco 2007


    Bouquet: Grapefruitcreamy, spices, hint of licoricelong spicy finishexcellent wine, ideal mix of chardonnay and viognier Read More

    Wine review by Degrandcru

  • Santo Tomas Tempranillo 2006


    175 Pesos in Mexico - ca. 14 US$.Fruity and mature, very well balanced. Strong notes of vainilla. Read More

    Wine review by Degrandcru

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