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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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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...

  • Milagro Vineyards

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

  • Monte Xanic

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

  • Asombroso Tequila

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

  • Vina de Liceaga

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

  • Cavas Valmar

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

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Mexico on Snooth

  • Hello all! I found your wonderful site for wine and enthusiasts! I love wine, ... hand do not. I live in New Mexico in a small town on the eastern side, we are lucky to have people here that even know wine exists! So, my question is this. Is anyone familiar with any New Mexico wines that are of particular enjoyment? I have not sampled much of ... Read More

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  • Gruet Winery Champagne Blend Brut Rosé NV


    A great inexpensive rose, and a real triumph for New Mexico's wine industry. Opens with notes of cherry and green apples. It says 'brut' but its noticeably off-dry. There's a soft yeastiness and some biscuit notes, but there's arent dominant. Excellent for the price Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • L.A. Cetto Nebbiolo Private Reserve Barrel Aged Baja Mexico 2003


    No written review

    Wine review by oceank8

  • Jubileo Meritage Mexicano 2003


    Very nice -- medium strength, very drinkable wine. Read More

    Wine review by tomkarlo

  • L. A. Cetto Nebbiolo Reserva Privada 2002


    No written review

    Wine review by oceank8

  • Gruet Blanc de Blancs NV


    Golden yellow - pretty impressive richness of color. A floral and delicate ... ... nice. My first wine from New Mexico and i was very impressed. Excellent valu Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Gruet Brut NV


    I liked this wine a lot, and was further surprised that it was grown in New Mexico. It is very balanced and charming, with fine bubbles. Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita

  • Gruet Brut NV


    Tasted again recently and still really enjoyed this wine. Very crisp and refreshing. Read More

    Wine review by adamlevin

  • Frei Brothers Reserve Russian River Valley Chardonnay 1999


    No written review

    Wine review by fruscib

  • Santo Tomas Tempranillo 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by oceank8

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