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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

  • Casa de Piedra

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

  • Cavas Valmar

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

  • 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...

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  • L. A. Cetto Petite Sirah 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by mary836

  • Castillo de las Minas 2005


    Nose: Hint of strawberry and vainillaGreen pepper, slightly tart. Medium balanced and medium finish. Nicely balanced every day wine. 100% Grenache Read More

    Wine review by Degrandcru

  • Don Luis Cetto Viognier Selección Reservada 2007


    Nose: PeachSlightly spicy balances the relatively high acidity very nicely. Nice medium long spicy finish. 100% Viognier Read More

    Wine review by Degrandcru

  • Costa Azul Grenache 2006


    I really enjoy Costa Azul wines. The Grenache really brings out the peppery finish known in the region. I didn't find the Petite Sirah here, but also a really good wine from Costa Azul. Read More

    Wine review by DSkeith

  • Don Luis Cetto Terra Selección Reservada 2004


    Excellent, Bouquet of wild berry (frutas del bosque) and licorice. Nice long finish. Read More

    Wine review by Degrandcru

  • Cavas Valmar Tempranillo 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by KFAEHN

  • Sierra Blanca Vino Blanco 2007


    Very intense, fruity bouquet - peachVery fruity in beginning, peach and green apple... fruit taste fades quickly and leaves... nothingnothing special, but OK for the price (under US$ 10). Read More

    Wine review by Degrandcru

  • Ridge Monte Bello California Premier 1997


    Huge, super concentrated, black ink, with a nose of ripe boysenberries, tar, and taste of a big grapey fruit. Not as vibrant when it was young( I tried this 8 years ago, and just now), but after some air, it gives a hint of its youthful past. Low acidity, but lush, good finish, and almost sinful.If you can find this one, let me know! Read More

    Wine review by edub

  • Marqués del Valle Sauvignon Blanc 2007


    Bouquet: pearFruity with nice acidity. Nice wine for a summer night. Nothing out of the world, but great value for the price. Read More

    Wine review by Degrandcru

  • L. A. Cetto Zinfandel 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by Majikk

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