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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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  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Nebbiolo

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Zinfandel

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

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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  • Casa de Piedra

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

  • 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...

  • Château Camou

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

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Baja California on Snooth

  • L.a. Cetto Nebbiolo Private Reserve 2012

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    A great every day wine - full medium body with a robust 'nose' and a surprisingly long finish. Read More

    Wine review by JulRenA


  • Malagon Los Sesenta Sangiovese/Nebbiolo 2014

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    Minty, fruity nose. Initial taste is of not quite ripe fruitplum, peach, green apple. As the wine passes back, there is noticeable tannin, but it is not excessive. It does give the wine a bit of sturdiness. An unfortunate bitterness on the very back of the palate, but, maybe, Im being hypercritical. Surprisingly short finish. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Mariatinto Red Blend Mariatinto 2009

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    One of the top three wines I've ever had. Read More

    Wine review by Turbostrider


  • DM - as you know, it's originally from Spain in Aragon. It was the most widely planted red variety in the world just a few years ago and may still be. It was also the most planted red grape in Spain, which still has like twice as much as anywhere else in the world. Relatively speaking they have even more Monastrell, but that's a different story.... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Garnacha, grenache--tomato,...


  • L. A. Cetto Nebbiolo 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by Caligirlintpa


  • Tres Valles Kuwal Baja California 2012

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    Clear garnet color. Astringent nose with some red berry fruit aroma. On the tongue, light on the red fruit flavor, and very earthy. Very rustic feeling. Slight bitterness on the back of the palate adds to the rustic characterization. Not a sophisticated or complex wine at all, but, all in all, seems like a good match with hamburgers. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Vena Cava Big Blend 2012

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    More blue-purple than red-purple in the glass. Fairly light on the nosesome barnyard hints, some vegetative hints. Under the palate this is a harmless, albeit, non-distinctive wine. Initial tastes are of dried fruitsprunes, raisinswithout the sweetness. An unusual mouth sensationthis wine seems to have the consistency or viscosity of perspir... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Still in the Completely Different realm--well, at least, different enough.  Another gift from b-i-l.  This one was from one of his semi-regular fishing trips down to Baja.  Sad to report, I did not get any fish, this time. Vena Cava 2012 "Big Blend."For afficionados of labels, I think ths is one of the coolest I've ever seen.  The name"Vena Cava... Read More

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  • 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?


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