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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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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, ...

  • 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...

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Baja California on Snooth

  • L.A. Cetto Private Reserve Nebbiolo 2006


    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

  • L.A. Cetto Chenin Blanc 2009


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    Wine review by Local Vinacular

  • L.A. Cetto Cabernet Sauvingon 2008


    No written review

    Wine review by alanb1108

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


    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


    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

  • Ensamble Arenal Ba II 2008


    No written review

    Wine review by CHUCHON

  • L.A. Cetto Cabernet Sauvingon 2008


    This wine is very underwhelming if you drink it on its own. It has a thin, flat, slightly stale bread taste. When paired with Mexican food, the fruit flavours one expects with a Cabernet appear. It is a decent, bargain wine to pair with Mexican food. Read More

    Wine review by hobowiretoaster

  • L. A. Cetto Zinfandel 2006


    fresh and clean, very well balanced, light on the nose, strong yet not overwhelming raspberry flavor, just the right amount of sweet, this is a happy wine great for beginners but will please many,very refreshing and easy to drink, i am not a big fan of whites but this one will be a keeper in my cellar, perfect for sipping with friends, kick back... Read More

    Wine review by saxxxu

  • Adobe Guadalupe Red Blend Kerubiel 2006


    We found the 2008 vintage of this wine on a recent trip to Baja Sur. Excellent blend, Rhone-style meritage. Read More

    Wine review by lightwave

  • When I introduced myself to Snooth, last spring, I mentioned that my ... his ... his fishing expeditions to Baja California--Casa Pedro Domecq 2007 Reserva Real, a blend of Barbera and Ruby Cabernet.  I asked if anybody on Snooth had any experience with this or Mexican wines in general.  The response that I received from some correspondents wa... Read More

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