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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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  • Syrah

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

  • Petite Sirah

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

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Monte Xanic

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

  • Château Camou

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

  • 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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Baja California on Snooth

  • Santo Tomas Tipo Oporto NV


    No written review

    Wine review by 1miniladi

  • L. A. Cetto Zinfandel 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by triatlon

  • L.A. Cetto Nebbiolo Private Reserve Barrel Aged Baja Mexico 2003


    85 points.Visually, it is a pure strawberry red, with a medium body. The nose shows nice dark red fruit notes, with volcanic stone, granite, and maybe even a touch of rose petal. There are also some bramble fruits, the slightest amount of chocolate and pepper, and a bit of vanilla bean. The palate opens with tart dark cherry and oak cask flavors... Read More

    Wine review by Tyler Worth

  • L. A. Cetto Zinfandel 2006


    80 points. This wine has a bright pure red color with a lightness that is somewhat surprising for the fairly high (14%) alcohol content. The nose is very interesting with a distinct desert terroir. I was expecting oceanic nuances because of how close to the coast this wine is, but instead, I get a rustic, sun-baked theme that seems to run throug... Read More

    Wine review by Tyler Worth

  • L.A. Cetto Nebbiolo Reserve 2004


    Cherry, tobacco and prune greet the nose in fairly well orchestrated clarity. Good, streaky tannins upon entry with good acidity to balance the sweet core of cherry preserve. Long fnish. This is the best red I've tasted from Baja personally, bearing in mind my limited experience with Mexican wines. Will definitely age at least 5 more years to s... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • L. A. Cetto Zinfandel Sirah 2007


    Bright, wild Raspberry dominates the nose with a hint of Bing Cherry. The entry is quite smooth with light tannins reminiscent of a Santa Barbara counterpart - rather less heady than something similar from Napa-Sonoma. More fresh cherry and raspberry with nice freshness. Medium finish.Tasted at the 2010 Vancouver Interantional Wine Festival Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Marqués del Valle Cabernet-Malbec 2008


    La mezcla de Malbec-Cabernet le da un sabor fuerte, no es de lo mejor que he probado pero por el bajo costo del vino es una buena elección para acompañar carnes o quesos. Read More

    Wine review by FalconX

  • Monte Xanic Cabernet Sauvignon 2006


    Mostly plummy and spicy aromas, but with some cedar and cinnamon as well. This wine has a really wonderful leathery mouth feel with lingering yet smooth tannins. There is an explosion of blackberry jam on the tongue, with spices, and a hint of something like graphite or stone. This fruit forward wine is very enjoyable and displays unique char... Read More

    Wine review by Blinky

  • Vino de Piedra 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by geco540

  • L. A. Cetto Nebbiolo 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by geco540

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