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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  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Château Camou

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

  • Cavas Valmar

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

  • 1921 Tequila

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

  • 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...

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


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    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


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    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


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    Wine review by fruscib

  • Santo Tomas Tempranillo 2006


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    Wine review by oceank8

  • It's after Labor Day, so students are back in school, adults are back from ... ... nice sparkling wine from New Mexico by a producer named Gruet and a really serious but still fun to drink rose named Lucy, among others. These wines, some great company, and the beautiful weather will stick with me as the weather changes and opportunities like t... Read More

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  • Gruet Brut NV


    Really nice bubbles. Not as much biscuit flavor as I tend to like, but there ... place. It's also from New Mexico, so definitely worth a try for the novelt Read More

    Wine review by adamlevin

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