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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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Petite Sirah

    History of the grape: Petite Syrah is often confused with its parent grape, Syrah, but it has been identified as a se...

  • 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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Baja California View all

  • Château Camou

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

  • 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...

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Baja California on Snooth

  • Zapien Mission Rosa del Peru 2006


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    Wine review by asesordevinos

  • Zapien Mission Rosa del Peru 2006


    Deep structured wine with lots of fruit. A heaaavy wine still needs aging, ... vines. Some of the oldest in Baja Californi Read More

    Wine review by asesordevinos

  • Monte Xanic Cabernet Sauvignon 2005


    Wonderfully hearty, earthy and fruity.... let this one age maybe a few more years for it to develop the smooth and mineral packed finish. Fleshy fruits on the front cherries and a hint of leather. Great with quail!!! Read More

    Wine review by asesordevinos

  • Casa de Piedra 2006


    It is a great wine, with lots of flavors, bringing to the mouth a variety of grapes and read oak.Just a perfect wine of Mexico Read More

    Wine review by geco540

  • Monte Xanic White Blend Chenin Colombard NV


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    Wine review by luzda

  • Adobe Guadalupe Red Blend Kerubiel 2003


    Surprisingly good rhone blend form Mexico! We opened this after our blind cab tasting and it was a nice treat! Brambly fruit with almost zin-like qualities. Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • L. A. Cetto Petite Sirah 2007


    Intense and impressive at first, this wine fails to excite past the first sips for lack of complexity. An unsubtle 'bang' for relatively few 'bucks'. Read More

    Wine review by wineflaneuse

  • Santo Tomas Tipo Oporto NV


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    Wine review by imdb

  • Monte Xanic Cabernet Sauvignon 2005


    Cherry up front earthy finish that's short with an overall earthy feel Read More

    Wine review by DGMcB1

  • Maquiavelo 2006


    Deep garnet red with shades of purple and excellent brilliance. The bouquet is ... this super tuscan cam from Baja California! I love i Read More

    Wine review by Eric Jean

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