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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...

  • Château Camou

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

  • 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

  • Monte Xanic Cabernet Sauvignon 2006


    My Rating 91: Firm dry body with plenty of tannins, very well balanced. Nose elegant light. The best Mexican Wine I know of!!! Read More

    Wine review by Wolle

  • L.A. Cetto Private Reserve Nebbiolo 2006


    Very good wine. Drink now Read More

    Wine review by las nubes

  • Maat 2008


    No written review

    Wine review by Maiqui

  • Adobe Guadalupe Rosé Blend Uriel 2004


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    Wine review by surbina

  • Monte Xanic Calixa Grenache NV


    No written review

    Wine review by Jesus Bremont

  • Monte Xanic Cabernet Sauvignon 2006


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    Wine review by Jesus Bremont

  • Monte Xanic Calixa Grenache NV


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    Wine review by Jesus Bremont

  • Oak Mountain California Malbec 2006


    87 points.This wines nose is extremely fruity, with tones of grape jelly and something that is almost strangely quince-like (something I dont think Ive ever found in a red wine.) There are lots of berry tones and notes of plum preserves, and there is a gentle geranium-like component that makes this wine smell slightly like a rosé.The palate is r... Read More

    Wine review by Tyler Worth

  • Vina de Liceaga Cabernet Sauvignon 2006


    COLOUR DEPTH: dark; COLOUR HUE: garnet; CLARITY: clear; AROMA INTENSITY: aromatic; DEVELOPMENT: some age; AROMAS: black & red fruits, wood, spices, tobacco; DRY/SWEET: very dry; BODY: medium heavy/full-bodied; ACIDITY: lively; TANNINS LEVEL: high; TANNINS TYPE: soft; FLAVOUR INTENSITY: powerful; FLAVOURS: black & red fruits, wood, spices, vanill... Read More

    Wine review by rrp7

  • I just discovered Snooth a few weeks ago and have found it to be quite ... ... ... fishing trips down to Baja California, gifted me with a 2007 Casa Pedro Domecq Reserva Real Vino Tinto from Valle de Califia, B.C.  I know there are wineries inland from Ensenada, and I suspect that is the location of Valle de Califia.  From the back label (if ... Read More

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