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Wine production in Mexico began with the conquistadors in the 1500s when vines were brought over for planting from Spain, and grew with colonization and exportation to the Old World. But the success of this business, in light of the dwindling Spanish wine industry to the rise of the French, intimidated the Spanish King Philip II and he ordered all production in “New Spain” ceased. 
 
However, religious sects rebelled against this ban, and continued to plant in small quantities. In the early 1700s, the Jesuits moved production from Coahuila (home to the oldest existing winery Casa Madero) and moved to Baja where priest Juan de Jugarte is credited for founding the Mision de Santo Tomas. The grape planted was Criolla (the Mission grape, same as Pais in Chile). Later, the Dominicans set up in Guadalupe to form La Mision de Nuestra Seniora de Guadalupe de Norte, now known by simply the Valle de Guadalupe, the heart of modern Mexican wine production.
 
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  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Nebbiolo

    History of the grape: Two schools of thought exist as to the origins of Nebbiolo (which means “little fog” either for...

Subregions of Baja California

  • Valle de Guadalupe

    Mexico's premiere wine region, located just 30 minutes from Ensenada Baja California, about 70 mi...

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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...

  • Monte Xanic

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

  • Cavas Valmar

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

  • Casa de Piedra

    This project was born with the desire to produce an excellent wine for the enjoyment of the group...

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  • L. A. Cetto Petite Sirah 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Two or three times a year my brother-in-law stops off at the Valle de Guadalupe to pick up some B.C. wine on his return from fishing trips down around Santo Tomas. He gives me these wines and I enjoy tracking the progress of the wine industry, down there. This one seems like a step back from older vintages that I have had from this maker. Fir... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Your pictures are becoming works of art there EMark. Well done!That is very ... ... the guy who keeps trying Baja California wines.  So, how can I pass up something from Catalina.  I see they also have something from Anacapa Island.DM, I am one of the few people here who will write about my unfortunate wine experiences. So, I will try to be ho... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • v v, 3 or 4 times a year my brother-in-law goes on fishing trips to Baja California.  When he fishes on the Pacific side, he will occasionally stop of at one of the wineries in Valle de Guadalupe and pick up something for me.  It's a lot of fun for me, but it is rarely ecstatic.  OK, it's never been ecstatic.  Usually, the best we hope for is "H... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • L.A. Cetto Zinfandel 2012

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    I like to check out south-of-the-border wines every now and again. My brother-in-law helps out by occasionally stopping at one or two of the Baja wineries every now and again on the way back from his fairly regular fishing trips down there. This one is evidence that Dry Creek Valley has nothing to fear from Valle de Guadalupe as far as Zinfand... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Nice segue from Baja California to British Columbia, OT!  Probably the only thing they have in common besides their initials is orcas and proper whales...  ;-)Me, it's clean out the wine rack time time here, and the choices facing me right now are a Bulgarian pinot noir (!),  or a Chilean carmanere which I know to be crap. Perhaps I'll punt and ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Good luck, 33782.  The last wine with ruby cabernet that I had was a red ... red blend that was made by a Baja California winery, and this was about three years ago.  There have been a couple discussions of ruby cabernet here on the Forum over the years.  You might want to use the "Search the Snooth Forum" facility on the upper right of the pa... Read More

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  • Santo Tomas Barbera 2010

    Snoothrank:

    Love the 2010, just started getting into reds and can only recommend this to anyone wanting a spicy/sweet, extremely smooth wine. Read More

    Wine review by Tumanator


  • Santo Tomas Merlot Tardo 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by AJRIVERA


  • Chateau Camou Zinfandel Blend Flor de Guadalupe 2003

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    It is a very good wine that pairs perfectly with Mexican food. It has a little saltiness, so you could even pair it with some seafood, mainly spicy one. Read More

    Wine review by Vespinosa79


  • Santo Tomas Barbera 2000

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    2008 one of the best wines we have ever had! Read More

    Wine review by wbrann


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