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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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Varietals Produced in Baja California View all

  • 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...

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Petite Sirah

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

  • 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...

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

  • 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...

  • 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, ...

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Baja California on Snooth

  • L.A. Cetto Petit Syrah 2005


    I enjoyed it in my last night in Puerto Vallarta, it was almost the perfect companion for my grilled salmon and shrimp. It smelled fruity and tasted like red fruits. Read More

    Wine review by gumoz

  • Monte Xanic White Blend Chenin Colombard 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by Degrandcru

  • A friend of mine recommended this wine to me, so I tried it yesterday (2007 vintage) and was completely disappointed. Not too bad on the nose, a little fruity taste and... nothing. Really a below average wine. What wondered me is that my friend who is usually a good judge could have gone so awefully wrong. So I did some research and found some v... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Reserva Real by Casa Domecq,...

  • L. A. Cetto Petite Sirah 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by Degrandcru

  • Santo Tomas Tempranillo 2006


    175 Pesos in Mexico - ca. 14 US$.Fruity and mature, very well balanced. Strong notes of vainilla. Read More

    Wine review by Degrandcru

  • L. A. Cetto Nebbiolo Reserva Privada 2002


    The best Nebbiolo I have ever tried outside of Italy. The 2003 is even better. Read More

    Wine review by Degrandcru

  • Hello,does anybody knows a web site or a place in California where I can buy a bottle of wine produced in Mexico. I know Mexico is not well known for wine; however, there is a great region in Baja that has great vineyards such as MONTE XANIC OR L.A. CETO. If any body doubts try the GRAN RICARDO 1995 YOU WILL BE SURPRISED. any hints will be great... Read More

    Forum post in the topic does anybody know where to...

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


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    Wine review by oceank8

  • L. A. Cetto Nebbiolo Reserva Privada 2002


    No written review

    Wine review by oceank8

  • Sooo... I just had the wonderful opportunity to have a 'small' group wine ... ... wine ... Arizona, Croatia, Baja California (interesting), and Douro, Portugal. A few varietals he was pushing were Vino Verde (Portugal) and Albarino (Spain), neither of which I was impressed with. The Albarino was fruity but not full bodied... and I have to a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine tasting w/ Gary Vaynerchuk

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