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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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  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Nebbiolo

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

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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  • Casa de Piedra

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

  • 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, ...

  • Cavas Valmar

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

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  • Adobe Guadalupe Rosé Blend Uriel 2004

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    Wine review by pablogc


  • Monte Xanic White Blend Chenin Colombard 2007

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    It is so nice to drink in summer with food or alone. Light, clean, refreshing and just juicy enough. I had some 2009 in Minnesota last summer and people were smiling after the first sip. Read More

    Wine review by 116938eduardodelvino 116938 eduardodelvino


  • Monte Xanic Red Bordeaux Blend Gran Ricardo 2004

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    I was fortunate to have visited the vineyard on the day the winemaker, Hans Backoff was pouring this Gran Riserva for a press luncheon from a Magnum. Smooth, rich, powerful and memorable red. Read More

    Wine review by 116938eduardodelvino 116938 eduardodelvino


  • Macouzet Tempranillo NV

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    excelente vino. soy mexicano y lo apoyo :)acabo de probar un vino tempranillo español de rioja. muy diferentes.el mexicano se lleva de calle al español, pero el español es imprescindible para entender la varietal tempranillo.cuando buscas tempranillo solamente en esta pagina NO APARECE LA ZONA VITIVINICOLA DE ENSENADA¡¡¡¡ tache para los de la pa... Read More

    Wine review by quevedomd


  • L. A. Cetto Nebbiolo Reserva Privada 2002

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    My wife and I have traveled throughout Italy and tasted many, many of her best bottles. Back in 2004 we accidentally stumbled upon the La Cetto Vineyard in the Guadalupe Valley of the northern Baja in Mexico while passing through on a cruise. Instant love affair with the 1999 vintage at the time and we still love this wine and have it shipped to... Read More

    Wine review by russinmaine


  • L. A. Cetto Zinfandel 2008

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    Wine review by sandra partington


  • L.A. Cetto Chardonnay 2009

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    Wine review by victorraindrop


  • L.A. Cetto Chenin Blanc 2008

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    Wine review by victorraindrop


  • L.A. Cetto Private Reserve Nebbiolo 2004

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    Very fruity Read More

    Wine review by jonasdk


  • Santo Tomas Tipo Oporto NV

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    One of the few ports that one serves chilled, yet has a port taste and palate. Very nice light port, super for warm summer nights or after a heavy dinner where a standard port would be too much. Read More

    Wine review by Traveler5678


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