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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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  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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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...

  • Cavas Valmar

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

  • Casa de Piedra

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

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Baja California on Snooth

  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Pretty Good Mexican WIne

  • L. A. Cetto Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by gnelson1738

  • 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


    No written review

    Wine review by surbina

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