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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Varietals Produced in Mexico View all

  • 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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  • Cavas Valmar

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

  • L.A. Cetto

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

  • Monte Xanic

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

  • Vina de Liceaga

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

  • Tularosa Vineyards

    David Wickham, owner of theTularosa Vineyards Winery, is a native of Watkins Glen, New York. His ...

  • Santa Fe Vineyards

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

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  • Luna Rosa Winery Mimbres Valley Merlot 2004


    Relatively unknown wine to me. I got the opportunity to tase this wine at the winery in New Mexico on a recent business trip. A very mild-bodied merlot with some definate oak and blueberry flavors with a nice smooth finish. Read More

    Wine review by TigerWoo

  • Gruet Blanc de Blancs NV


    Delicious and creamy with subtle fruits and lower but balanced acid. Read More

    Wine review by hershey

  • This wine region is just north of Ensanada in Mexico. I spend lots of time in the area and would love to hear from others. Who's been, what do you like, any recomendations?The way I see it: LA Cetto is the most popular and often full of tour buses. However, it's good, and as a side note, they make the best olive oil ever! As well as a terrific N... Read More

    Forum post in the topic WInes of Guadalupe Valley in...

  • Monte Xanic Cabernet Sauvignon 2005


    Strong flavor, very good with Mole Poblano. Read More

    Wine review by Edgardo

  • L. A. Cetto Nebbiolo 2002


    No written review

    Wine review by Sovereign89

  • Gruet Champenoise Demi-Sec Us NV


    No written review

    Wine review by kristings

  • Adobe Guadalupe Red Blend Gabriel 2002


    Vino de buen cuerpo, muy buen varietal. Read More

    Wine review by Sovereign119

  • Gruet Champenoise Demi-Sec Us NV


    Smooth, elegant, inexpensive, but not cheap. Great with dessert! Read More

    Wine review by ebeth

  • Gruet Brut NV


    Good sparkling wine from New Mexico? Who knew? I nice crisp flavor with lots of apple. Can't beat it for the price. Read More

    Wine review by michaelben

  • Penca Azul


    No written review

    Wine review by Spirit

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