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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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  • Zinfandel

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Nebbiolo

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

  • 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...

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...

  • 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...

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  • L. A. Cetto Petite Sirah 2009

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    Smooth, fruity with a little tannic ending, good with pizza and mole. Read More

    Wine review by edgardorosas


  • Vinedos Malagon Equua Valle de Guadalupe Mexico Grenache Petite Sirah Grenache Mexico 2009

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    Not terribly dark in the glass--a lot of light is coming through. I want to support Mexican wine-making, but, unfortunately, this one is not terribly encouraging. It seems very unbalanced on the palate. In spite of the label's indication of a 13.3% ABV, it seems hot to me. Front of the palate fruit is overwhelmed by bitterness at the back of... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • L.A. Cetto Private Reserve Nebbiolo 2006

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    Had this wine in Tecate with steak. Long, gripping and complex. enjoyed it. Read More

    Wine review by Eduardo Del Vino


  • L.A. Cetto Private Reserve Nebbiolo 2006

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    Very attractive dark purple in the glass. Earthy and yeasty nose. Medium weight on the palate. Most clearly definable fruit flavor is raisons--like the ones from Fresno. This actually meets my expectation for nebbiolo. Slight tartness in the very back of the palate Fairly long raisony finish. This is a good wine. I'm about to have an asi... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Calixa Chardonnay 2010

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    My Rating 88: Well balanced body with good fruit and tannins. Nose balanced but with a hint of typical Chile wine.I don't know what it is but you could call this funky. Price is OK at Costco about $ 8 Read More

    Wine review by Wolle


  • Calixa Chardonnay 2010

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    Crisp tropical fruit flavors with a slight hint of butter. Very lightly oaked. Wonderful on its own, with a favorite cheese, or with a fish or chicken entree. Read More

    Wine review by JPerrelli


  • L.A. Cetto Chenin Blanc 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by Local Vinacular


  • L.A. Cetto Cabernet Sauvingon 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Cabernet-Sauvignon L.A. Cetto Valle de Guadalupe 2008

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    This well-made wine - somewhere between a Cali Cab and a small Bordelais chateau in flavour profile - is an excellent value for those who love this variety but don't care for Napa boutique winery pricing. The nose is somewhat muted, but has the cassis and blackberry - especially if the wine is treated with a little aeration. Chewy (but not ove... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Monte Xanic Syrah 2009

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    Had the pleasure of having the close relative of the winemaker at one of my tables last Saturday night. Graciously, I was allowed to taste this little beauty of a Mexican wine. Good deep ruby color. Strong robust Syrah with a big body and firm tannins. Well structured with a fleshy broad mouthfeel. Spicy plum and blackberry flavors dominate with... Read More

    Wine review by BTKerne


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