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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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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Popular Wineries in Mexico View all

  • Santa Fe Vineyards

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

  • 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...

  • L.A. Cetto

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

  • Casa Madero

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

  • Asombroso Tequila

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

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  • 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

  • Frei Brothers Reserve Russian River Valley Chardonnay 1999


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    Wine review by Saori

  • Monte Xanic White Blend Chenin Colombard NV


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    Wine review by 50gray

  • L. A. Cetto Petite Sirah 2006


    surprising tones of what would be a white wine such as peach and apricot. Also some mango which all makes it a great summer red. Would not chill it much though. Read More

    Wine review by emotiondj

  • Fetzer Chardonnay California Valley Oaks 2003


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    Wine review by SteveBodnar

  • For this weeks Wine and Music pairing I have chosen a band and a bottle from ... Portland, Or all the way to Mexico. Learn more by visiting the bands website or a check out this recent article in the Oregon Willamette Weekly which talks about the bands first tour, and the bands founding.Music Region: Portland, OregonMusic Label: Expunged Recor... Read More

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  • Gruet Winery Champagne Blend Brut Rosé NV


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    Wine review by kisstoth

  • Gruet Winery Champagne Blend Brut Rosé NV


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    Wine review by Puneet Pathak

  • Gruet Winery Champagne Blend Brut Rosé NV


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    Wine review by Jiyong

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