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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Cavas Valmar

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

  • Vina de Liceaga

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

  • Asombroso Tequila

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

  • Santa Fe Vineyards

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

  • L.A. Cetto

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

  • Baron Balch'e

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

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  • L.A. Cetto Fume Blanc 2005


    I selected this wine, and a red counterpart because the two grapes used in the wines thrive in California, and I hoped that the proximity might help (I dont know much about the soils, viticulture, etc.). This Sauvignon was very pale, almost clear with a greenish/yellow tint to it. The nose offered citrus, grass and a hint of herb. It the mout... Read More

    Wine review by Stephen

  • L.A. Cetto Petit Syrah 2005


    Enjoyed on my final night in Mexico. The nose was full of fruit with fresh berries (black and raspberries), plums and earth with a hint of ethyls. In the mouth, while there was a lot of good fruit, and woody/earthy notes, the alcohol was prevalent. I also tasted a bit of sourness, but other tasters did not get the same sense, and I also notic... Read More

    Wine review by Stephen

  • Pedro Domecq Xa Cabernet Sauvignon 2006


    Also enjoyed at a restaurant in San Cristobal, had it with steak and a ridiculously hot habañero salsa verde. Nice nose of fresh blackberries and plums (it is an 06 after all), but a bit young in the mouth with a green/vegetal undertone and a fair bit of tannin. Overall its not bad, but at $11 not worth it, much better under $8. Read More

    Wine review by Stephen

  • Casa de Piedra Vino de Piedra 1997


    No written review

    Wine review by becerravaca

  • La Chiripada Special Reserve Riesling 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by ebomb

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